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.