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Rutgers University Students Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei Charged Over Suicide Of Gay Student After Secretly Webcasting Him Having Sex

Two Rutgers University students Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei  have been charged with invasion of privacy after secretly live-streaming video of a gay student  that 18-year-old Tyler Clementi having sex with a man in his dorm room.  Attorney Paul Mainardi confirmed what law enforcement sources had earlier told 1010 WINS — that 18-year-old Tyler Clementi (pictured left) jumped from the George Washington Bridge last week after finding out.about the webcast.

Prosecutors said Ravi of Plainsboro tried to do the same thing to yet another classmate just days after the first incident. Wei, of Princeton, turned herself in Monday. Ravi was picked up Tuesday and released on $25,000 bail. Rutgers would not comment, but issued a statement saying: “The University takes this matter seriously and has policies in place to deal with this type of student behavior.”

Under New Jersey’s privacy law it is a crime to transmit or even view images that depict nudity or sexual contact with an individual without that person’s consent. Possible penalties include a prison term of up to five years

 Last week Tyler’s car was found near the George Washington Bridge,and his wallet on the pedestrian pathway but a body has not been recovered

“Gross,” “rude” and “obscene” barely scratch the surface of the severity of this.  Hopefuly the charges will not stop at “invasion of privacy”

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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3 Responses

  1. NG says:

    No it shouldn't; And if Garden State Equality had any cohones, they would be demanding that these people be charged with murder plus sex offender placement.

    This is, after all, a sex crime.

  2. Will Kohl says:

    Actually I said I hope the charges DO NOT STOP at "invasion of privacy" and I hope more are heaped on top and these two go away for very long time.

  3. NG says:

    Yes, thank you for the clarification.

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