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Roommate receives 15-count indictment for Tyler Clementi’s suicide

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The roommate of the Rutgers University freshman who committed suicide last year after an intimate encounter with another man was broadcast online, received a 15-count indictment on Wednesday for his alleged actions that led to the death of Tyler Clementi.

Dharum Ravi

On Sept. 22, just days after the video was broadcast, Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. He was 18 years old.

The New Jersey Star-Ledger reports:

The defendant, Dharun Ravi, 19, of Plainsboro, faces two counts each of invasion of privacy and attempted invasion of privacy, offenses that carry penalties of up to five years in prison, [Middlesex, NJ, County] Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said in a statement today.

Also, Ravi was indicted on two counts of second-degree bias crimes and two counts of third-degree bias crimes. A grand jury also charged Ravi with three counts each of tampering with evidence and hindering his own apprehension, and a single count of witness tampering, the prosecutor said.

Grand jurors found Ravi attempted to mislead investigators and witnesses in various ways, Kaplan said. He said the grand jury determined Ravi deleted a post on Twitter that alerted others to view Clementi and another man during their second encounter in a university dorm room on Sept. 21, 2010.

Tyler Clementi

Ravi, and another student, Molly Wei, allegedly placed a camera in Clementi’s dorm room and streamed the images onto the internet on Sept. 19.

“The grand jury indictment spells out cold and calculated acts against our son Tyler by his former college roommate,” said Joseph and Jane Clementi, in a statemenet issued by their attorney.

“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,” the Clementi’s said.

Wei, 19, was also charged with two counts of invasion of privacy in relation to the case, prosecutors said, but her case has not yet been presented to the grand jury.

Both Ravi and Wei have since dropped out of Rutgers University.

Clementi was an award-winning musician who had played violin in several orchestras, including the New Jersey All-State Orchestra.

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41 more reader comments:

  1. About time, now what about that hateful, evil bitch! Just for starters, they should both be stripped of all their degrees (including secondary school) and certificates (including their driver’s licenses), their citizenship (even if they were born here), and all association or organization membership … make them both no-bodies. Nobody sees them, nobody hears them, an nobody speaks to them.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 1:37pm
  2. About time, now what about that hateful, evil bitch! Just for starters, they should both be stripped of all their degrees (including secondary school) and certificates (including their driver’s licenses), their citizenship (even if they were born here), and all association or organization membership … make them both no-bodies. Nobody sees them, nobody hears them, an nobody speaks to them.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 1:37pm
  3. only took a year to do -_-

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 1:38pm
  4. finally! It may have taken a year to do this but at least they got this far…it coulda be real lame and they coulda ignored this case completely and charged them with less charges…

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 1:42pm
  5. I read his story at my day of silence/break the silence open mic. Glad to hear something has been done but name calling & wanting to do away with those who were involved doesn’t make us any better

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 1:49pm
  6. I read his story at my day of silence/break the silence open mic. Glad to hear something has been done but name calling & wanting to do away with those who were involved doesn’t make us any better

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 1:49pm
  7. OMFG!<3 that is so said what is with homophobic people like get a life so sad literally made a move shows how sickening they should have more years in jail why you invading people's sex life cause your sexually depressed and people don't find attraction towards you and your life isn't good that is just messed -_- they are not human beings ass wipes dumb f*cks

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 1:53pm
  8. OMFG!<3 that is so said what is with homophobic people like get a life so sad literally made a move shows how sickening they should have more years in jail why you invading people’s sex life cause your sexually depressed and people don’t find attraction towards you and your life isn’t good that is just messed -_- they are not human beings ass wipes dumb f*cks

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 1:53pm
  9. Damn right. He needs to be in prison. Hopefully the state of New Jersey will prosecute him vigorously, reject any “plea deals” and pack him off to the pen.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 1:58pm
  10. They both deserve what ever comes to them for Killing Tyler Like that

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 2:26pm
  11. good, stay in prison u piece of shit homophobe.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 6:55pm
  12. Stay in prison jackass no one will miss you

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 6:58pm
  13. People that hate homophobes are just as guilty as the homophobes themselves.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 6:58pm
  14. good! that was so cruel of him to do :(

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 6:59pm
  15. the dirty litlle..you know what..deserves to be put to death for such an in-humaine act.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:01pm
  16. @Andrew, How so?

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:07pm
  17. His whole life is nothing now. I hope everyday he realizes how being a jackass got him where he is today.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:12pm
  18. @ andrew no its not.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:16pm
  19. I hope they both realize the gravity of their mistake, learn, and grow from this experience. I hope their hearts have been changed. I don’t wish them torment. Perhaps it was done with malice, or simply a really stupid mistake. In any event, I hope they can accept responsibility and one day find peace.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:16pm
  20. I hope they both realize the gravity of their mistake, learn, and grow from this experience. I hope their hearts have been changed. I don’t wish them torment. Perhaps it was done with malice, or simply a really stupid mistake. In any event, I hope they can accept responsibility and one day find peace.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:16pm
  21. I don’t agree…..you are responsible for your own life we all have to endure our own hardships and face some kind of judgement an ugly about the decisions we make and how we live our lives…..i feel like every one bashin this man for his post and finding sympathy in suicide shows the impressionable condoning…….this man was wrong yes but this bashing is nothing more than returning the same ugly he sent out and hes guilty of being cruel just like a trillion people in the world…..but you can’t make someone kill themselves thats dumb either you kill them yourselves or they do it themselves……both wrong but he did neither…..he posted someone doing somen that would attract attention and embarassment just like trillions of other ppl n children do everyday that’s what make you tube and world star hip hop and celeb mag so popular……..think about it really…..

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:18pm
  22. I don’t agree…..you are responsible for your own life we all have to endure our own hardships and face some kind of judgement an ugly about the decisions we make and how we live our lives…..i feel like every one bashin this man for his post and finding sympathy in suicide shows the impressionable condoning…….this man was wrong yes but this bashing is nothing more than returning the same ugly he sent out and hes guilty of being cruel just like a trillion people in the world…..but you can’t make someone kill themselves thats dumb either you kill them yourselves or they do it themselves……both wrong but he did neither…..he posted someone doing somen that would attract attention and embarassment just like trillions of other ppl n children do everyday that’s what make you tube and world star hip hop and celeb mag so popular……..think about it really…..

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:18pm
  23. Um and homo sexualz are guilty of what andrew?

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:21pm
  24. Stay in jail, stupid prick.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:35pm
  25. Action can be brought with understanding and knowledge, not hate, and especially not hate born of fear. There are many injustice we all face and also may condone or passively perpetuate (sexism, heterosexism, racism, ageism, ableism, classism, lookism). The essential thing to remember is, that although reprehensible now what happened, most likely this duo did not intend his death, and made a mistake, I am not saying they don’t deserve to face the consequence of their actions, that being said, remember we are all part of a collective society that has it’s faults, and values and idiosyncratic variation within it will yield these results, they are born often passively within the system.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:46pm
  26. Action can be brought with understanding and knowledge, not hate, and especially not hate born of fear. There are many injustice we all face and also may condone or passively perpetuate (sexism, heterosexism, racism, ageism, ableism, classism, lookism). The essential thing to remember is, that although reprehensible now what happened, most likely this duo did not intend his death, and made a mistake, I am not saying they don’t deserve to face the consequence of their actions, that being said, remember we are all part of a collective society that has it’s faults, and values and idiosyncratic variation within it will yield these results, they are born often passively within the system.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:46pm
  27. Kristen, would you not be upset and consider it an invasion of privacy if someone filmed YOU in an intimate moment with another person? It was an invasion of privacy, whether the victim was straight or homosexual is irrelevant. I think this shows that the defendant has a real lack of respect for the well being of other human beings. Regardless of whether or not the victim committed suicide as a result of his actions, the defendant needs to be held responsible for what he did. And I believe the statement that you cannot make someone take their own life is indeed incorrect. No, he didn’t shove him off the bridge, but his actions were enough to emotionally scar his young life enough to make the victim commit the act. Is it ok for everyone to say whatever they want irregardless of how it effects the well being of our fellow human beings? And it’s ok for there to be no accountability when we cross the line and cause such emotional distress? I agree that the hate that people are showing towards the defendant is wrong, but you cannot declare his innocence from his crime just because “people do it every day”. People smoke crack, people steal, lie and cheat every day. People do horrific, horrible things, but that does not make them excusable just because they were not caught and because their actions did not effect someone on the same level as they did in this specific case. To turn a blind eye and to excuse wrongful acts just because “people do it every day” and because “trillions” of people are doing it is just enabling hate and doing ABSOLUTELY nothing about the issue.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:47pm
  28. Kristen, would you not be upset and consider it an invasion of privacy if someone filmed YOU in an intimate moment with another person? It was an invasion of privacy, whether the victim was straight or homosexual is irrelevant. I think this shows that the defendant has a real lack of respect for the well being of other human beings. Regardless of whether or not the victim committed suicide as a result of his actions, the defendant needs to be held responsible for what he did. And I believe the statement that you cannot make someone take their own life is indeed incorrect. No, he didn’t shove him off the bridge, but his actions were enough to emotionally scar his young life enough to make the victim commit the act. Is it ok for everyone to say whatever they want irregardless of how it effects the well being of our fellow human beings? And it’s ok for there to be no accountability when we cross the line and cause such emotional distress? I agree that the hate that people are showing towards the defendant is wrong, but you cannot declare his innocence from his crime just because “people do it every day”. People smoke crack, people steal, lie and cheat every day. People do horrific, horrible things, but that does not make them excusable just because they were not caught and because their actions did not effect someone on the same level as they did in this specific case. To turn a blind eye and to excuse wrongful acts just because “people do it every day” and because “trillions” of people are doing it is just enabling hate and doing ABSOLUTELY nothing about the issue.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:47pm
  29. By the way, Andrew seemed to be stating that homophobic people are just as wrong as the acts that they believe are wrong because they are judging homosexuals for committing them.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:50pm
  30. Hatred has already ruined too many lives in this story. Don’t let it ruin yours. Feel bad for Tyler and his family and friends. Feel bad that we live in a world where people can be raised with so much hatred that they could have been this awful to Tyler. And try to love people around you, even when they don’t love you. Become the change you want to see in the world.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:54pm
  31. Hatred has already ruined too many lives in this story. Don’t let it ruin yours. Feel bad for Tyler and his family and friends. Feel bad that we live in a world where people can be raised with so much hatred that they could have been this awful to Tyler. And try to love people around you, even when they don’t love you. Become the change you want to see in the world.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:54pm
  32. @Victoria “People that hate homophobes are just as guilty as the homophobes themselves. ” <- that's what Andrew said, I don't think you read it correctly

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:56pm
  33. @Victoria “People that hate homophobes are just as guilty as the homophobes themselves. ” <- that’s what Andrew said, I don’t think you read it correctly

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:56pm
  34. Oh yeah haha I definitely didn’t :)

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:57pm
  35. Oh yeah haha I definitely didn’t :)

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:57pm
  36. @Lauren well it is a sin for being a hater and if you hate homophobes you are just as fault as the other people hating gays or other people Hating black people or something like that

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 8:17pm
  37. If you are homosexual and hate homophobes you are guilty for hating them

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 8:19pm
  38. In general, I really hate the term homosexual. I don’t know any gays or lesbians that refer to themselves or their community as ‘homosexuals.’

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 10:12pm
  39. In general, I really hate the term homosexual. I don’t know any gays or lesbians that refer to themselves or their community as ‘homosexuals.’

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 10:12pm
  40. Homosexual is a quasi-scientific term invented in the 19th c. which the gay rights movement simultaneously adopts and rejects. We accept the idea of a “species” called the homosexual while rejecting its negative connotations. Read J. Archer’s THE END OF GAY

    Posted on Monday, April 25, 2011 at 6:14am
  41. That was so cruel n unforgettable. I’m a 47 year old gay man whom only came out of the closet at age forty. The hardest part in my Life was not telling my mom, it was telling my daughter. I often to contemplated suicide because of being ashamed of whom I am. I don’t where a pink scarf around my neck and advertise it. But I just had too tell my daughter about two years ago. And I still am depressed about being gay. I can’t wish it or pray it away it doesn’t just go away. I have no choice but to accept it and move on or it will lead to suicide. Not even therapy could ease my depression over it. This poor kid, I cried reading this story! I cried….How mean could one be or rather two. I believe both of them should serve time. Both of them. Yes to the above comment. No they did not kill him. But they should pay severely for the invasion of his privacy for posting it for the world to see. That was so mean. I just can’t get over it. The gal in the picture look so beautiful and innocent. How could she….I hope they have nightmares the rest of there lives for the pain they have inflicted on that young man.

    Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 11:36pm