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Clementi's Roommate Indicted

Clementi's Roommate Indicted


Dharun Ravi, who posted a video of Tyler Clementi in an intimate encounter with another man before Clementi jumped to his death off the George Washington Bridge, has been indicted on 15 counts by the Middlesex County, N.J., prosecutor, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation.

Ravi, 19, was Clementi's roommate at New Jersey's Rutgers University. Ravi is accused of spying on Clementi through a hidden webcam -- he allegedly taped Clementi and the other man in September and then viewed it online. Clementi ended his life on September 21.

"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," reports the Asbury Park Press.

Ravi was allegedly aided in the taping by Molly Wei, another 19-year-old former student at Rutgers -- both she and Ravi withdrew after they were hit with charges involving Clementi's death. A case is advancing against Wei, the prosecutor's office told the Park Press.

Clementi's parents released a statement on Ravi's indictment: ''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.''

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