Charges in the Tyler Clementi Case

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From the Chronicle:

A former freshman at Rutgers University at New Brunswick who allegedly used a hidden Web camera to broadcast his roommate’s sexual encounter with another man was indicted on Wednesday on 15 counts in a case that drew nationwide attention last fall when the roommate, Tyler Clementi, killed himself.

Dharun Ravi, 19, reportedly used a camera in the dormitory room he shared with Mr. Clementi last September to secretly Webcast Mr. Clementi’s encounter. Days later, Mr. Clementi committed suicide by jumping from the George Washington Bridge.

In a case brought before a grand jury by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Mr. Ravi was charged with two counts each of invasion of privacy, attempted invasion of privacy, second-degree bias crimes, and third-degree bias crimes, reports The Star-Ledger, a newspaper in New Jersey. Mr. Ravi also faces charges of tampering with evidence, hindering his own apprehension, and witness tampering. Invasion of privacy and attempted invasion of privacy are offenses that could result in penalties of up to five years in prison.

Rutgers said it would not release a statement in response to the charges. Mr. Ravi withdrew from the university in October, along with Molly Wei, another former Rutgers freshman who was charged with invasion of privacy following Mr. Clementi’s suicide. The charges against Ms. Wei are pending, and her case was not presented to the grand jury, The Star-Ledger reports.

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-Bridget Crawford

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