2 plead not guilty to charges of rape, livestreaming rape

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man charged with raping a 17-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman accused of livestreaming the assault with a social media app have pleaded not guilty in Ohio.

A judge set bond at $300,000 for Raymond Gates and at $125,000 for Marina Lonina at a Franklin County court hearing Friday.

An indictment alleges Lonina used the Periscope app to livestream the February assault.

Lonina’s attorney acknowledged his client filmed the alleged assault but said she tried to contain the situation.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says Lonina is seen trying to help only briefly during the 10-minute video. O’Brien says the victim was clearly screaming “stop” during the assault.

A public defender representing the 29-year-old Gates did not comment about the allegations.

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