2 Arrested In Alleged Rutgers Sex Spy Scandal

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Shocking allegations of spying levied against pair of 18-year-old students exploded on the Rutgers University campus on Tuesday.

Dharun Ravi of Plainsboro and Molly W. Wei of Princeton were charged with invasion of privacy for allegedly secretly placing a camera in another student’s dorm room and transmitting a sexual encounter over the Internet.

Middlesex County prosecutors charged Ravi and Wei each with two counts of invasion of privacy.  They said the pair transmitted a live image of another 18-year-old student in Piscataway on two separate days earlier this month.

CBS 2’s John Metaxas spoke with students on the Rutgers campus who used terms like “disgusting” and “extremely inappropriate” to describe the alleged spying.

“I mean we all live in such close conditions with each other, it’s like breach of privacy…I think it’s gross,” Kate Perkowski said.

“Extremely rude and it’s really obscene. I just can’t imagine someone would do that,” Preston Chang said.

Under New Jersey’s privacy law it is a crime to transmit or even view images that depict nudity or sexual contact with an individual without that person’s consent. Possible penalties include a prison term of up to five years.

Rutgers would not comment, but issued a statement saying: “The University takes this matter seriously and has policies in place to deal with this type of student behavior.”

Students on campus were upset and said the incident was a tremendous violation of privacy.

“Let them know that you shouldn’t play around with that. That’s serious. That’s someones privacy right there,” Jovanny Hernandez said.

“Its my dorm. Its my private space. I expect… my privacy to be respected and to be able to do whatever I want. There should be no one there invading my privacy,” Tiwa Adediji said.

More from John Metaxas

    Now we have Ellen Degenerous outraged….have you all lost your minds! Being gay and getting attention for it is becoming an infestation to our society.

    I hate turning on the news hearing about which politician came out of the closet. Why is it any of my business? I dont give a $#it man.

    Now gay celebrities are speaking out on this….its not NEWS WORTHY!


    I thought it was a great prank! The gay guy took it too far in my opinion…and shouldnt have been doing what he was doing in the dorm in the first place!

    No need for that :)

  • damon

    it was just a prank. gimmie a break. the gay dude chose to take his own life as a result…too bad. kids will be kids therefore i hope they are found innocent of any wrong doing. you people need to get real. blame the gay guy for killing himself, nobody else!

    • Nelly

      Well, it was because of their actions he chose suicide..he could have filed charges..switched schools….

  • blue450

    This sort of conduct/behavior has become commonplace in today’s World. The last place I worked the crew would access intimate pictures on store managers cell phone when she left the office. Has been going on for over two years. Too bad this student didn’t have someone to confide in just after he learned about live feed.

  • Lisa

    There are so many teen movies that glorify taping people having sex without their consent. They do not show the consequences of jail time, getting expelled from school, or being responsible for some ones suicide.

    • Nellyl

      Finally, someone who’s a thinker. I can’t tell you how sad it makes me when high school teen kids say their favorite movie is The Hangover! What a morally corrupt bunch mommy and daddy’s are raising. If my kid said that to a newspaper, grounded for at least a week!

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  • joe

    Probably get hired by Homeland Security instead of going to jail.

  • public_parasite

    People are so perverse about sex these days. Maybe they should have to observe the infanticide called abortion. You know, instead of another war. My condolences to the victim and his family, friends and pets.

    • Nelly

      Leave abortion out of it!! But your mom could have done us a favor!! Oh, no maybe my free expression is cyberbullying!!

  • T. Eric

    Too funny. Love it!
    Those kids were bold to do that.
    I bet it has circulated around the globe by now.
    Too late to stop it.

  • Orenthal

    Why are these foreigners in our country?

    • Nelly

      Maybe their 1st generational..does that mean mommy and daddy if here..if they just came to get an education..deport them! Problem solved. No more stupid new laws…

  • PeterF

    Welcome to Generation Porn

    • Nellly

      Clinton said it was o.k., when he had a chance to make a difference. But dumb ass didn’t see this coming…….he just meant the kind for guys like him to get their jollies..he wasn’t very farsighted….

  • The Bobfather

    Back in the day we would have thrown these punks a blanket party, given them a colonoscopy with their webcam, and sent them crawling home to mommy and daddy.

    Just yesterday I was reading about Rutgers starting a 2-year “Project Civility.”

    • Nelly

      Speaking of punks, Bobfather..you sound like a bully yourself!

  • Alex Cable

    What’s really sickening is that this happened at Rutger’s, a state school. I do find it funny that the world got a chance to see herpes being spread, though.

  • Solomon

    Ten years seems like a fair sentence. In the Internet age there must be zero tolerance for invasion of privacy. The victims will be living with the consequences for the rest of their lives.

    • Nelly

      10 years too much…4 years supspended sentence better..then if they get in anymore trouble throw them in the slammer.

  • Apostrophes

    What’s with the grammar in this article?

  • Rob

    Gee, 2 decades of coed dormitories.

    What could go wrong?

  • Red Ruffansore

    Rutgers, just your run of the mill far leftist college. So what’s the problem? This could be a thesis paper on technology and certainly doesn’t violate any norms that democrats display daily.

  • Patty Steele

    Yes. The victim jumped from the GWB. His laptop was left in his car with the site that transmitted his sexual encounter. 18 years old.

  • John

    From his Twitter account, the individual they videoed was a roommate, and the roommate was gay. The Post is reporting the roommate committed suicide. What a very sad story, with at least three lives destroyed.

    • Nelly

      All lives don’t have to be destroyed..it’s a bump in the road for the other 2..and the other youth chose to take his life..they didn’t drive him there and push him off..

  • Stifler

    I’d have to see the video first to form an opinion. Anyone have a copy?

    • Nelly

      Now, that’s a sick thought….

  • Mike F

    Did I hear corrrectly in a radio report this morning that one of those taped committed suicide in a jump from the GW Bridge?

    • Marbran

      No, that was a restaurant owner who was on Gordon Ramsay’s show three years ago.

      • Marbran

        Never mind…I guess he did jump. The GW bridge is getting a lot of action lately.

      • Nelly

        I miss Gordon Ramsey saying “donkey”. Now he just cusses and last week the show was no fun cause he just ranted and cussed and no “donkey’s”!! This week it was a little better.

  • Bill

    You know, when I went to Rutgers, students there actually studied. Maybe letting these “adults” have computers on campus isn’t such a good idea. Without them they might actually learn something.

    • Nelly

      Well, some don’t allow cars..maybe for the 1st year or 2 this is an idea!

  • Pogo

    Tiwa Adediji should know you cannot do whatever you want in your private space. The courts have ruled time and time again that there is no law free zone in someone’s house.

  • The Bobfather

    Supporting 2 pervs over the privacy rights of an individual? That’s terminal idiocy! Stop wasting your parents’ money pretending you’re getting an education.

    • Nelly

      Their getting a college education and being stupid in the meantime…..

  • Zack Lee Wright

    I have been to many a campus in my day and I can categorically testify that clearly 85 percent of them are massive havens for LIBERAL BRAINWASHING of the highest order. They are mentally raping our children every day at these hell holes.

    • Jeaux Bleaux

      Go back to your shack in Montana, dude.

    • Angie

      yes, today my class schedule was Calc II, Bio, and then Mental Rape 101.

    • Nelly

      Probably how you mentally rape them at home…new ideas! Whoa!! Scary thing!!

  • Youda Farmer

    I find it extremely offensive that this article prominently displayed the perps AGE. What the hell does their age have anything to do with this. Being 18 does not give one a free pass to commit criminal acts !!!

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  • mj

    why did he have to post bail and she was released withouty it ?

    • Nelly

      Well, if my ass were in jail, I’d post bail or I’d hope my parents would.

  • z z zodiac

    Al W-Party affiliation has nothing to do with it-please keep your stupid comments to yourself.

  • Lol.

    I like the photo at the top of the article, it looks like CBS’s photographer went and did the EXACT same thing.

    • KPMc

      Well… not exactly since no one is naked or having sex and the pic is of the OUTSIDE of the window with a school logo.

  • Austin

    you guys dont know anything so dont go making your judgements.

    SUP mark!

  • Mark

    You don’t even know the entire story.
    Most of the this news coverage like most others is completely blown out of proportion. It was a webcam not a hidden camera first of all, and they did not make online videos out of them.
    Honestly, you should be sterilized as well for even considering such an option.

    • KPMc

      Sounds like you’re making excuses… is this the kind of behavior you engage in and condone?

      If they didn’t give permission to be recorded and have those images disseminated then any point you are making is moot.

    • Nelly

      If these are the facts..then your doing a better job of getting the news to us than ABC’s good morning america..who wanted to concentrate their morning news this Thursday morning, at 8:00 hour to bullying vs. what I’d call real news!Thanks Mark for the info!!

  • A

    It is my sincere hope that these individuals are found guilty and spend many years in jail for their crime. This was not only an invasion of privacy but had much more serious implications. It’s time the law caught up with technology. Cyberbullying needs to been seen as the serious crime it is with the ability to ruin lives.

    • Z

      You can’t just make assumptions that they had much more serious implications from doing these things. If you know them personally then its fair to say, but honestly get your facts straight.

    • Nelly

      Clinton decided it was o.k. to leave porno on the internet(he said, the pervert, in the interest of free speech)..but hell, let’s make a law against everything but……

  • John Adams

    Americans have lost their sense of humor.

    • Jeaux Bleaux

      Yeah, idiot. We’ve all lost our sense of humor and, apparently, yours is intact, that is, until something similar happens to you. Then there will be hell to pay, eh? Your just another idiot that has accepted lowest-common-denominator thinking as “normal.” Wait till it’s your son or daughter.

      • Nelly

        Most of us raise our children not to be gay..but network t.v. wants to undo that by awarding Modern Family with an Emmy and ignoring healthy family shows like The Middle!

  • MasterG

    @Dan Te don’t go overboard. It’s just two 18 yr-old kids.

    • Rodger

      18 Year olds that broke the law and invaded someone’s privacy.

    • Nellyl

      I agree MasterG..I say deport their bums for 10 years if not U.S. citizens..but we don’t need any politicians trying to get fame by making new laws!!

  • DanTe

    Good. We caught the Stupid early this time. Now can we PLEASE Sterilize those two? Preferably before they spawn and further infest the gene pool?

    • Gusto

      They go to Princeton, smarterthan most

      • Lacking Gusto

        Princeton is also a place in New Jersey, chief.

    • Sam

      yeh, yoiung republicans routinely film pornography, smoke pot, engage in animalistic sexual rites,,, wooops,,, you must have been talking about young Democrats……

      • Marsupial

        really Sam? What does this have to do with party affiliation? Or maybe you are just saying that democrats know how to have fun and get an education?

        • Think

          This is serious. It is pathetic people are making excuses for such childish behavior. In today’s youtube world, this kind of invasion of privacy can ruin someone’s life for the rest of time. Twenty years from now someone can say, hey let’s play what Jeremy was doing in his bedroom twenty years ago. Jeremy could be a principal of a school or professor by then.

          • Marbran

            Jeremy is dead.

    • axe victim

      There are no Republicans on college campi.

    • Nelly

      Everyone has the right to reproduction..DanTe someone may think for some reason you shouldn’t, mainly China who limits births…..

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