Man pleads guilty in case of allegedly livestreamed rape

(Courtesy: Franklin County Sheriff’s Office)
(Courtesy: Franklin County Sheriff’s Office)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man charged with raping a 17-year-old girl during an assault that prosecutors say was livestreamed has pleaded guilty.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said 29-year-old defendant Raymond Gates was sentenced to nine years in prison immediately after pleading guilty to one count of rape Wednesday.

A message was left for Gates’ attorney seeking comment.

An indictment says Gates’ codefendant, Marina Lonina, used the social media app Periscope to livestream the February assault.

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Lonina has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges including rape, kidnapping, sexual battery and pandering sexual matter involving a minor. Her trial is set for December.

Her attorney has acknowledged his client filmed the alleged assault but said she tried to contain the situation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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