Roommate indicted in Rutgers student suicide after webcam spying

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Posted: Apr 20, 2011 12:41 PM
Roommate indicted in Rutgers student suicide after webcam spying

By Aman Ali

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A grand jury on Wednesday criminally charged the roommate of a Rutgers University student who committed suicide after his tryst was streamed online.

Dharun Ravi, 19, of Plainsboro, New Jersey was indicted for invasion of privacy and bias by a grand jury in Middlesex County Court in New Jersey, according to a statement released by the Middlesex County prosecutor's office.

Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi, 18, leaped off the George Washington Bridge last fall after his roommate and another student used a webcam in their dormitory room to spy on him during a romantic encounter with a man. They streamed the video live online.

The 15-count indictment came in the wake of calls from the Clementi family for a criminal investigation of the case to deliver the message it was not merely a college prank.

"The grand jury indictment spells out cold and calculated acts against our son Tyler by his former college roommate," the Clementi family said in a statement released after the indictment was returned.

"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," the Clementi family said.

Ravi and Molly Wei, another student allegedly involved in the incident, withdrew from Rutgers.

The indictment did not address Wei.

Ravi's attorney was not immediately available for comment.

(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Jerry Norton)