Former Rutgers student faces 5 to 10 years in Tyler Clementi case

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Dharun Ravi’s tweet about Tyler Clementi

Dharun Ravi, a former student at Rutgers University, has been indicted in Middlesex County and charged with a hate crime and 15 counts of bias and invasion of privacy in the suicide of Tyler Clementi. Ravi has also been accused of trying to cover up a crime by deleting texts and tweets. Ravi’s alleged accomplice Molly Wei has not been charged as of yet.

 

Shortly after the invasion of privacy, Tyler Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge.

Shortly after the invasion of privacy, Tyler Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge.

Ravi is alleged to have targeted Clementi because of his sexual orientation and tried to broadcast Clementi’s same-sex physical encounter online, via a webcam that was set up in Wei’s dorm room. Ravi then tweeted “Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into Molly’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay.” Two days later, “Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes, it’s happening again.”

Shortly after the invasion of privacy, Tyler Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River. The suicide led to a massive social media anti-bullying campaign throughout the country, collectively referred to as “It Gets Better.” State Attorney General Paula Dow said, “The state’s hate crime law recognizes the terrible harm caused by acts of bigotry and hatred and imposes harsher punishment on those who commit such crimes.” Ravi faces five to ten years in prison if he is convicted on the most serious bias charge.

Tyler Clementi’s parents, Jane and Joe Clementi, said. “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.” Tyler Clementi was 18 years old, and a promising violinist.

 

 

 

 

Tyler Clementi twitter

Dharun Ravi’s tweet about Tyler Clementi

Dharun Ravi, a former student at Rutgers University, has been indicted in Middlesex County and charged with a hate crime and 15 counts of bias and invasion of privacy in the suicide of Tyler Clementi. Ravi has also been accused of trying to cover up a crime by deleting texts and tweets. Ravi’s alleged accomplice Molly Wei has not been charged as of yet.