Dharun Ravi, who filmed and broadcast his roommate Tyler Clementi having sex with another man over the internet, has been indicted on 15 separate counts in the aftermath of Clementi’s suicide.
Ravi, and Molly Wei, both 19, withdrew from classes at Rutgers University last fall after their gross invasion of Clementi’s privacy led to him jumping to his death off of the George Washington Bridge.
Asbury Park Press reports:
The 15-count indictment againt Dharun Ravi, 19, includes a host of charges from invasion of privacy to the new charges of bias intimidation.
The Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said in a release that the bias intimidation began in August “the day he learned the name of his roommate, T.C.” The Prosecutor’s Office has not named Clementi directly.
The charge suggests Dharun Ravi targeted Clementi because he was gay.
Dharun Ravi is accused of spying on Tyler Clementi and the other man, identified only as M.B., by positioning his webcam on them and viewing it remotely on Sept. 19. Dharun Ravi attempted to do the same on Sept. 21, according to the charges.
The indictment against Dharun Ravi includes four bias intimidation charges, two of them second-degree charges that can bring up to 10 years in prison each. Other charges include tampering with evidence, attempted invasion of privacy, hindering apprehension and witness tampering.
Charges have yet to be brought against Wei, but are expected to follow shortly.
Clementi’s parents released a statement following the announcement of the charges being brought against their son’s tormentor:
”The 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. We are eager to have the process move forward for justice in this case and to reinforce the standards of acceptable conduct in our society.”
Clementi is dead, and Ravi and Wei will probably spend the rest of their lives behind bars. Such a waste of life from all angles.
Via Asbury Park Press