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Tyler Clementi's Roommate Indicted on 15 Counts Over Suicide

Dharun Ravi, the roommate of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University student who committed suicide in October after Ravi streamed images of Clementi's encounter with another man online, has been hit with a grand jury indictment:

Ravi_wei The AP reports:

A 15-count indictment was handed up Wednesday by a Middlesex County grand jury against Dharun Ravi, of Plainsboro, who had already faced invasion of privacy charges along with another student, Molly Wei.

The indictment charges Ravi with bias, invasion of privacy, witness and evidence tampering, and other charges stemming from the suicide of 18-year-old Tyler Clementi in September. The indictment said charges against Wei would not be presented to the grand jury "at this time."

Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River shortly after authorities say Ravi and Wei used a webcam to peek at his liaison. Lawyers for Ravi say the webcam stream was viewed only on a single computer and did not show the men having sex.

The indictment says Ravi targeted Clementi and invaded his privacy knowing that Clementi would be intimidated because of his sexual orientation.

Clementi's parents, Jane and Joe Clementi released a statement Wednesday: "The grand jury indictment spells out cold and calculated acts against our son Tyler by his former college roommate. If these facts are true, as they appear to be, then it is important for our criminal justice system to establish clear accountability under the law."

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  1. I obviously feel horrible for Tyler and his family - but I honestly feel bad for Ravi and Wei and their families too. kids are stupid. most of us do stupid things but learn through our mistakes without anybody dying. its just an unfortunate situation for all involved.

    Posted by: jj | Apr 20, 2011 1:02:04 PM

  2. Ugh... I wish I could jump up for joy over this, but it's tragic all the way around. CLEARLY, MOLLY WEI & DHARUN RAVI are in the wrong, but I find it hard to beleive that they could ever imagine Clementi killimg himself. They're all kids, and no one is getting away from this clean.

    Mybe some good will come of this. Maybe parents will send their kids away to school with the armor of Love and Knowledge that they love them no matter who they are. I hope that parents tell their kids that it's okay to be gay, so that if they ever find themselves in this situation, they'll go to their family before comitting suicide.

    I can honestly say that if this happened to me, suicide would have def. been an option.

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Apr 20, 2011 1:06:55 PM

  3. These charges are absurd.

    Posted by: Reader | Apr 20, 2011 1:13:51 PM

  4. I hope Ravi is tormented over this for the rest of his miserable life.
    He looks more gay than any of my queenie friends. Maybe this self-hating closet-case can get a proper roommate in prison to take care of him?

    Posted by: Joe | Apr 20, 2011 1:15:27 PM

  5. I don't like to see people suffer, especially kids. But bullying is bullying. And this bullying was particularly invasive. And giving this guy a slap on the risk will send the message that it was really ok. No, it's not ok. Sorry, but may the courts do justice here.

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Apr 20, 2011 1:15:39 PM

  6. No, they're not absurd.

    I was a kid, no so very long ago. I would never have done anything like that. And neither would anyone I knew back then.

    No. These are young people, yes. But they're young people who are missing an important piece of their critical thinking skills. I don't think they deserve to be locked up for life or anything, but what they did (and the horrible consequences) demands that the community hold them accountable in an effort to ensure that this kind of thing is more forcefully discouraged.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Apr 20, 2011 1:17:57 PM

  7. As tragic as it is for all concerned, Ravi and Wei deserve to be vigorously prosecuted and, if found guilty, imprisoned.

    My compassion for them is tempered by my empathy for Tyler as he stood against the bridge railing that night. No teenager should ever have to feel that pain.

    Posted by: Trev | Apr 20, 2011 1:20:38 PM

  8. Hang 'em high!

    Posted by: CRISPY | Apr 20, 2011 1:32:58 PM

  9. Good.

    Posted by: EO | Apr 20, 2011 1:34:21 PM

  10. Well this is gonna be all we hear about for the 2 weeks or so on the news, even with the nuclear plant, tornadoes, fires and Libya being discussed.

    Posted by: Leo | Apr 20, 2011 1:34:45 PM

  11. Though the charges were likely prompted by the death of Tyler Clementi, Ravi is NOT being charged with anything more than what he did - criminal invasion of privacy, and criminal cover-up of that crime.

    (Although I will never quite understand why the cover-up is a separate crime ... how many criminals don't try to hide their crimes?)

    Posted by: Zlick | Apr 20, 2011 1:38:07 PM


    Posted by: sal | Apr 20, 2011 1:46:31 PM

  13. No charges for Wei? WTF?

    Posted by: luminum | Apr 20, 2011 1:59:31 PM

  14. Just because he acted like an 8 year old doesn't mean he should be treated like a kid. 18 has long been the cut-off for pity. Now he's just a perverted bully.

    Posted by: Go Galt. Please. | Apr 20, 2011 2:02:13 PM

  15. Ravi's been charged appropriately and Wei must be living in a constant state of terror now. That either one of them could have ever thought for one second that what they were doing was in any way okay only indicates that both of them are probable sociopaths. This wasn't a prank. This was a crime that they didn't even commit only once, but twice. For there to be any justice, they must both be imprisoned. They threw away their lives when they pushed Clementi into throwing away his.

    Posted by: ohplease | Apr 20, 2011 2:16:17 PM

  16. If you are over the age of 18 you are no longer a Kid!! You can join the military and learn to kill, you can drink in most states, you can vote in every election! I am so tired of hearing people say "Kids" - sorry they are considered adults, they made choices, and as such suffer the effects of their actions. If you can get married and vote and kill at age 16 or above you are an adult......Were their actions justifiable, of course not, but they did something that caused someone to kill themselves! Perhaps others will think before they do something like this as well.

    Posted by: alexInBoston | Apr 20, 2011 2:35:53 PM

  17. Also in this age of the internet this crime will follow them until the day they die and beyond. Every prospective employer, school, even dating partner will forever know what these two participated in - that alone is surely more punishment then the courts will mete out..

    Posted by: alexInBoston | Apr 20, 2011 2:38:09 PM

  18. Classic kitchen-sink charges. The invasion of privacy charge must be of the most technical nature ever because you don't have an expectation of privacy with your roommates for any shared space and God knows the police use this to get around 4th amendment restrictions looking for drugs. If this becomes precedent a thousand drug convictions will get tossed in NJ or the police will enjoy the fun of getting the druggie after the search and the roommate on invasion of privacy charges!

    Posted by: anon | Apr 20, 2011 2:41:15 PM

  19. Let this be a lesson in civility to others.

    Posted by: rb | Apr 20, 2011 2:42:03 PM

  20. The only employers that would hire them with open arms are maybe the anti gay family research types.

    Good luck getting hired elsewhere.

    Posted by: Galore | Apr 20, 2011 2:45:25 PM

  21. Good. I hope the charges do go before a grand jury. I hope they send his punk-ass to prison for 25 to life. The little prick.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 20, 2011 2:50:42 PM

  22. My sympathy for Ravi and Wei disappears at the moment they (from what I gather, the actions were mostly Ravi's) decided to announce publicly that Clementi was meeting with men and attempted to broadcast a 2nd sexual encounter on the web. They weren't able to broadcast it because Tyler figured out what was going on and turned the camera off, but the attempt and the public "outing" still deserve punishment.

    I suspect Wei hasn't been charged because she's cooperating with authorities in support of their charges against Ravi, in exchange for lesser or no charges being filed against her. Based on what I've read she didn't plan or execute any of this, she allowed Ravi to use her computer and didn't stop him from carrying out his plans, and is therefore less culpable.

    Posted by: greenmanTN | Apr 20, 2011 2:54:04 PM

  23. This is unfortunate for everyone involved. Ravi and Wei's actions are reprehensible to say the least and they will be found guilty for many of the charges, like invasion of privacy.

    Unfortunately, they are not responsible for the suicide...that was Tyler's very selfish choice.

    What bothers me is how hateful some of these comments are...and most of them are from the gay community. Do you not realize that its the same hatred that caused ravi and wei to video tyler in the first place? If you're looking for retribution for his OWN decision to take his life, then you truly are misguided. You're no better than Ravi and Wei.

    Posted by: ShamWOW | Apr 20, 2011 3:08:37 PM

  24. No sympathy. If they thought this was a juvenile prank, that just means they were dumb as well as willfully criminal. Their behavior was unspeakably cruel. As some have said here, if they don't have the compassion to recognize their cruelty, then they are sociopaths. If they had taken a gun and shot the young man, people might say it is a crime of sallow youth...but they would still be prosecuted for it, as they should for what they actually did. I wish I were on their jury.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Apr 20, 2011 3:12:34 PM

  25. Go to hell with your "very selfish choice" nonsensical insult to the dead, you unspeakable creep. Even if you're intentionally trolling, you are a worthless excuse for a human being.

    "Do you not realize that its the same hatred that caused ravi and wei to video tyler in the first place?"

    You are an idiot. To be called "misguided" by you is high praise.

    Enjoy your cheerleading for Clementi's killers all the way to their sentencing and beyond. If you feel so sorry for them, maybe you could take them in after they've served their time? After all, with them as roommates, what could possibly go wrong?

    Posted by: ohplease | Apr 20, 2011 3:16:58 PM

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