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Old 09-29-2010, 07:00 PM   #1
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College freshman commits suicide after sex tape posted on internet by roommate

Rutgers freshman is presumed dead in suicide after roommate broadcast gay sexual encounter online

PISCATAWAY — A Rutgers University freshman appears to have killed himself by jumping off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate broadcast live images of the 18-year-old having a sexual encounter with another man on the internet, according to campus and law enforcement sources.

Tyler Clementi, 18, of Ridgewood, is presumed dead after his car, cell phone and computer were found near the George Washington Bridge last week, law enforcement sources said. His wallet was found on the walkway adjacent to the New York-bound lanes. In a statement released this afternoon, Clementi’s family confirmed the suicide and said his body has not been found.

Dharun Ravi, 18, of Plainsboro, and Molly Wei, 18, of Princeton, were charged with two counts each of invasion of privacy for setting up a camera in a dorm room on Sept. 19 and using it to view and transmit a live sex scene, said Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan.

Paul Mainardi of Woodbury, the Clementi family's attorney, said Ravi and Clementi were roommates at Rutgers.

Ravi's Twitter feed on that date referred to seeing his roommate have sex with another man in their room on the Piscataway campus, classmates said.

"Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into molly's room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay," Ravi said on his Twitter page in a Sept. 19 entry posted at 6:17 p.m.

Two days later, Ravi posted another entry directing his nearly 150 Twitter followers to iChat, an internet messaging service with a live video feed.

"Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes it's happening again," Ravi wrote in the Sept. 21 post.

Ravi's Twitter feed has since been taken down. But the entries survived in a cached version of the page still available through Google's search engine this afternoon.
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Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, both Rutgers students, are charged in connection with broadcasting a sexual encounter involving Ravi's roommate Tyler Clementi.

Prosecutors said Ravi and Wei set up a camera on Sept. 19 and broadcast live images of Clementi having a "sexual encounter." Ravi is also accused of trying unsuccessfully to broadcast a second sex scene Sept. 21.

The Clementi family released a statement this afternoon. "Tyler was a fine young man, and a distinguished musician. The family is heartbroken beyond words. They respectfully request that they be given time to grieve their great loss and that their privacy at this painful time be respected by all," it said.

"The family and their representatives are cooperating fully with the ongoing criminal investigations of two Rutgers University students," the statement said.

Clementi was an accomplished violinist who had received a college scholarship from the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra for his musicianship and leadership.

The violinist left a lasting impression with some in the Bergen County town, said Hiro Kagei, 17, who played in the orchestra with the teenager. A solo Clementi played in a concert last year "blew the audience away," he said.

"Now that he’ dead, it’s sad to think we won’t hear something like that anymore," Kagei said.

On the Rutgers campus, classmates described Clementi as quiet. At a mandatory dorm meeting called the day he was reported missing, only three students said they had spoken to Clementi since they moved into the dorm last month, according to students who were at the meeting.

Ravi and Wei — who were classmates at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North before enrolling at Rutgers this fall — did not respond to e-mail requests to comment Tuesday. Steve Altman, Ravi’s attorney, also declined to comment.

Ravi surrendered to Rutgers police Tuesday and was released on $25,000 bail, the prosecutor’s office said. Wei surrendered to the campus police Monday and was released on her own recognizance.

Under New Jersey’s invasion-of-privacy laws, it is a fourth degree crime to collect or view images depicting nudity or sexual contact involving another individual without that person’s consent, the prosecutor said. It is a third degree crime to transmit or distribute the images.

If the students are convicted on a third degree offense they could face up to five years in prison each under state law. Conviction on a fourth-degree crime could lead to probation or up to 18 months in prison.

Reading this made me ill. What kind of person thinks that this is funny? I hope they can charge them with more than what they have.
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Old 09-29-2010, 07:31 PM   #2
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Sounds like this Ravi kid needs to desperately find something else to do with his time. Good god-not everything needs to be open game for the internet. Especially pathetic given that he and his friend had no consent from Tyler himself. I should think that fact will close up this case pretty darn quick. Idiots, the both of them, here's hoping they get the proper punishment they deserve for their stupidity.

As for this Tyler kid, how tragic . My condolances to his family and friends-as difficult as it would be to find his body, it would help with the closure and allow them to give him a proper burial and such.

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it is an absolute fact
the social network will fuck you over every time

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it is an absolute fact
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Anyone who abuses social networking will get fucked over. You just have to smart about what you expose to the world.

As for the kid who committed suicide, I feel really sorry for him. How humiliating to have someone hurt you like that in front of the whole world.
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The social network is an absolute net negative.
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^ Old fart.

Being watched all the time will make people behave.

In this case though, stealing someone's privacy should end in the maximum sentence.

Don't be evil.
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Subjectively, I'm inclined to agree, but can it be proven?
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You know, humiliation in social circles is nothing new, and although I feel horrible for the kid's family, at the same time I have no sympathy for someone who kills himself, no matter how bad it is.

The thing that really grabs me about this story, though, is how Dharun is dumb enough to be posting stuff like that on Twitter, a social networking/informative service with absolutely NO preconception of privacy. This is beyond posting it on Facebook between a large group of friends. Completely baffling, even if he didn't know the extent his actions would affect the kid who offed himself.

Even the fact that, I, as a Facebook user, could probably look up the offenders' profiles and send them personal attack mail directly is just as scary.

Shit is fucked up. If I had any say in how childrens' education worked, EVERY kid should be receiving an Internet Safety and Ethics course at the same age they are receiving primary school sex ed. You have kids barely age 10 posting incredibly personal information online because that's the world they are growing up in.

I'm never having fucking kids.
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^ Old fart.

Being watched all the time will make people behave.

In this case though, stealing someone's privacy should end in the maximum sentence.

Don't be evil.
guilty
but I am immature in so many ways, too.

seriously, I read everyday where people get fired for something they FBed or tweated, Also, we had a case locally where some guy friended his neighbor,
came over one night and murdered the guy, then got the guy's phone and tweeted his girlfriend over, raped and murdered her, dismembered the bodies and scattered them around a park. Then he went to his bachelor party and planned to get married the next day. Cops got him at his party.
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Also, we had a case locally where some guy friended his neighbor,
came over one night and murdered the guy, then got the guy's phone and tweeted his girlfriend over, raped and murdered her, dismembered the bodies and scattered them around a park. Then he went to his bachelor party and planned to get married the next day. Cops got him at his party.
That is equal parts absolutely horrible and an excellent treatment for a slasher flick tuned for the modern audience.
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EVERY kid should be receiving an Internet Safety and Ethics course at the same age they are receiving primary school sex ed.


And like sex ed, parents shouldn't wait for the lame ass education system to catch up.
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Good lord, what ever happened to respecting one's privacy?

How can you be someone's friend or room mate and do this to them?

Maybe, my generation was much more tolerate of Gay and Lesbian folks. I couldn't imagine doing this to anyone. Let alone a friend.
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Maybe, my generation was much more tolerate of Gay and Lesbian folks.
Unless you own a time machine, that's probably a bit of a stretch

I'd say this generation is more tolerant of homosexuality than any (modern) generation and that's awesome. But there will always been the ignorant pricks, no matter what the generation
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Good lord, what ever happened to respecting one's privacy?

How can you be someone's friend or room mate and do this to them?
This.

What did this guy honestly think would happen? Or did he really just not give a rip? (From his Twitter posts, I'm guessing not.)
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You sometimes get placed with a roommate. Since school has been in for less than a month, there's a good chance they hardly knew each other.
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