In September, the country was shocked when Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old Rutgers freshman, committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge in NYC after he learned his roommate had live-streamed his gay hookup using a web cam. Yesterday, the rooommate, Dharun Ravi, was indicted by a grand jury on 15 charges, including bias intimidation (i.e., a hate crime) and invasion of privacy, for what prosecutors say was intimidating and bullying behavior towards his gay roommate.
Prosecutors are expected to argue that Tyler Clementi committed suicide because he was cyber-bullied by his roommate, who placed the web cam facing Tyler’s bed and even had announced on Twitter that Clementi was gay. One of Dharun’s friends in the dormitory, Molly Wei, who also watched the gay hookup on the web cam, was not indicted but has been charged with invasion of privacy. Keep reading »