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Tyler Clementi Harasser, Molly Wei Makes Deal To Avoid Jail, Criminal Charges

Molly Wei made gay blog headlines last year after she and Dharun Ravi bullied fellow Rutgers student Tyler Clementi into committing suicide. Wei and Ravi, who was Clementi’s roommate in the school dorms, set up a laptop camera and attempted to film and broadcast Clementi having sex with another male student over the internet.

Clementi jumped off the George Washington bridge to his death shortly after the incident. Following his suicide, Wei and Ravi withdrew from Rutgers University and waited to be faced with criminal charges.

Ravi was indicted last month on 15 separate criminal charges, two of which carry a ten year maximum sentence each. Wei’s charges were curiously delayed. Which brings us to today.

CBS reports:

Wei, 19, has been admitted into a pre-trial intervention program. This allows her to potentially avoid jail time and a criminal record.

The agreement requires Wei to cooperate with prosecutors and complete 300 hours of community service, in addition to getting a job. If she does all of that for three years, prosecutors would drop the two counts of invasion of privacy against her.

Clementi’s parents issued a statement regarding Wei’s deal, saying they don’t object to it, reports CBS station WCBS.

Wei was not indicted, but her friend and former classmate Dharun Ravi was.

Ravi faces 15 criminal counts including bias intimidation, his most serious charge, for allegedly using his laptop to remotely turn on the webcam in the room he shared with Clementi.

Wait, what? Wei isn’t facing criminal charges at all? Granted, we only know what we’ve seen in the news, but every single thing we’ve learned about this young woman suggests that she was complicit in the death of a classmate. Not just complicit, but the very cause of it. Wei and Ravi filmed and broadcast their gay classmate in an attempt to out and humiliate him over the internet. And it completely worked – to a catastrophic degree the two were completely unprepared for.

So why is Molly Wei avoiding jail time?

  • there. already 50% right in my belief that neither of them do “real” time.

  • there. already 50% right in my belief that neither of them do “real” time.

  • Trenton Flock

    She was only charged with invasion of privacy, and from what I have gathered she was a bit naive, not as malicious in her intent as the other fellow. For all the attention that this case has received, if she had been guilty of worse, then they would have charged her and this deal wouldn’t be happening. Furthermore, I’m sure that Clementi’s parents have all the intimate details, so their lack of objection suggests that it is being handled as best as one can expect. Justice in these situations will always be somewhat arbitrary if not an utter farce. The damage has been done: one life gone, another life ruined. Perhaps I am naive to think that in all of this ugliness there is actually a ray of light in someone getting a second chance and in hoping that she actually deserves it.

  • Layla Sullivan

    @facebook-592796245:disqus Maybe she will do something positive and start her own anti-bullying campaign. Speak on campuses and high schools and share her story. I hope she did indeed learn something from all of this.

  • Michelle Gohman

    I believe “Granted, we only know what we’ve seen in the news” says it all. I completely agree with Trenton and wanted to add a little more. The news sensationalizes everything. There are so many different views that could have been presented but the news only presents who they perceive as the victim and makes them seem as saintly as they can, then they take the perpetrator and make them look as evil as possible. Perhaps we didn’t see a side that would have shown Wei as being pressured into it, or blackmailed. Wei may have been convinced by Ravi that it was going to be a funny practical joke. She may have been taught by family, community, and media exposure that this kind of behavior was expected or even needed. Without the background and speaking with both people who perpetuated a suicide I don’t believe any of us can judge how appropriate or inappropriate the consequences of her actions. I have been noticing more and more that people are jumping back into a black and white society. The fact that there is even a discussion about how right or wrong the consequences are for each person, along with the crime that was committed, shows that we have an increasing utter lack of compassion building among the people. We say we are progressive, and yes we don’t keep and torture slaves, no one is segregated, but what else have we truly done? All people created equal is a great goal but we aren’t even close. Until we can open the eyes society as a whole, to look beyond what is immediately seen and look at the bigger picture, try to find as whole of a picture as possible, and work to treat people equally we are only a tiny percentage of the way to living by our constitution.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry..but I really don’t think Molly is as much to blame as Dharun was. Granted, when I first learned about this story, I wanted them both thrown in jail for the rest of their lives, but the details that we’ve learned since then point more to Dharun being the aggressor. Molly’s not innocent, because she didn’t stop Dharun, but I do believe her punishment is just.

  • I do hope that part of her community service is with an LGBT organization so she can learn something and be more tolerant of others. What really angers me is both of them are minorities themselves. I hate this in fighting and prejudice among minority groups. United we stand, divided we fall and our government is much to blame for it.

  • Anonymous

    Bullying GLBT at schools always ends so horrifically. I have seen too many come and go as a result to this form of prejudice. I don’t think American schools take it as seriously as they should.