Additional Charges In Rutgers Spy Cam Saga Possible

Medical Examiner IDs Body Of 18-Year-Old Found In Hudson

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBS 2) — CBS 2 has learned that the two students accused of broadcasting a classmate’s sexual encounter could face additional charges.

John Metaxas reports authorities are trying to determine whether bias played a role in the alleged crimes.

On Thursday authorities confirmed the worst, identifying the body of that student who was videotaped and then committed suicide.

The Rutgers campus is reeling.

On a grey day in New Brunswick the grieving was not yet over for Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi, whose body, which was retrieved from the Hudson River, was officially identified.

At the state capitol in Trenton legislators observed a moment of silence for the 18-year-old, who leaped to his death off of the George Washington Bridge last week.

But the debate has already begun as to how responsible for his death are the two students arrested for placing a web cam in Clementi’s dorm room and broadcasting his romantic encounter with another man.

“There’s no getting around it. They’re responsible. And they are going to have to live with it the rest of their lives,” Rutgers senior Jack Murtha said.

“They’re definitely not responsible for him committing suicide because that was his own choice,” junior Nicolette Cobbold said.

Already there have been calls from at least one gay group to upgrade the charges against the students accused of deploying the web cam and streaming the video – 18-year-olds Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei. They are currently charged with invasion of privacy and could face up to five years in prison.

Some friends of Wei are apparently trying to shift blame to Ravi, writing on a newly created Facebook page: “Molly is being wrongfully accused of conspiring in this crime. This page does not support Dharun Ravi or any of his actions.”

At least one legal expert said upping the charges would be problematic.

“There would have to be specific evidence of knowledge by the actors that the victim, this boy, was vulnerable, had emotional problems, would likely and foreseeably react in the way he did,” lawyer Gerald Lefcourt said.

It’s the job of the legal system to sort out responsibility for this tragedy, but students here already have gotten a crash course in the subject of unintended consequences.

One Rutgers student said deploying the webcam was wrong, but there’s plenty of blame to spread around.

“I think they’re very responsible but who’s really responsible is our society for not making gays feel that they are as accepted in our society,” Laura Klobusicky said.

  • Tommy C

    Listen , its not a hate crime , ITS A PRANK . To hell if he was gay. To contemplate prosecuting someone for a PRANK is ludicous . Tyler seemed to have serious deep-seated issues whether it be SO-CALLED coming out oe whatever. Crass YES……… criminal NO .

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  • B.D.

    The gay agenda has been pushed as normal and acceptable. Why was he embarrassed? What about “gay pride’?

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  • CommonSense?

    “Hate Crime” legislation is one of the most asinine things I have ever seen the politicians and bleeding hearts try to force on the American public. In America, we are free to speak our mind and think what we want. If Bubba beats up Serge because Serge is gay, what’s the crime? Assault and battery – that’s it. What is the motive? Bubba hates gay people. Ok, Bubba is a jerk, but he should not be punished for his motives or thoughts – only the actions that he took. Think of it this way: Wife shoots Husband while he is sleeping. What is the crime – Murder. What is the motive – HATE. Do we toss an additional 15 years onto her sentence because the murder was an act of hate? Is this really the path that the people pushing for “Hate Crimes” want our country to go down, where we are criminalized for our thoughts?

  • jtorres

    I also do not believe it was a hate crime. Did they know befoehand that he was gay, that he was going to have sex, that he was liable to commit suicide? I think what they did was despicable and they should be held liable for invasion of privacy especially since they planned to do it again and failed. They would have done it if he was with a girl, a guy, an animal, whatever. they thought the humiliation is what was funny, not whom he was with. I wish they could be charged with something more severe but I don’t think under they law it can be done

  • Fools

    All I know is if they didn’t do that to him HE WOULD STILL BE ALIVE!!!!!!!

  • Stuck on Stupid

    Tyler was stalked by Ravi, the school had been informed on at least 3 occasions, this went on for a while. The peeping tom bully roommate kept getting more and more bold with his torment, posting about his misbehavior.
    Ravi may not have intended to drive Tyler over the edge, but that’s exactly what he did, and the school stood by and did nothing.

  • 50 cent

    Why are these foreigners in our country? Rutgers is supposed to educate New Jersians, using taxpayer money. Why is it admitting all these foreigners.

  • Baba Ganoush

    A few months ago, we had a 16 year old that killed himself in our town and there were known acts of bullying of him. No one was charged. The Rutgers case is sad, yes… invasion of privacy, yes. Murder, manslaughter or wrongful death… not quite. Were it a video of a guy and a girl and one of the participants committed suicide, does anyone seriously for a second believe it would be a national story?

  • mark

    Unreal, so the society that idolized “Animal House” and every formulaic copy until present time are SHOCKED that Ravi would do something like this as a freshman.

    You all need to look in the mirror and stop getting all “Hate Crime” on these two.

    Its a tragedy for sure but for society to act all sanctimonious about it is just pure hypocrisy. These kids are a product of our society, if you don’t like what you see then you need to be the change you want to see.

    Straighten up would you.

    There was no intent here

  • Tea

    If molly knew about what her “friend” had tweeted and knew that he was watching his roommate in video cam in her room without stopping him before it got out of hand, then i would have more sympathy for her, however she sat back and allowed him to contiune the mockery and streaming it.
    I don’t care what her “friends” on facebook have to say about her not being part of it. the way i see it, if you know it was bad, and you allowed it to happen, then you are just as guilty of not speaking up.
    the way her friends are reacting is just the same as parents/relatives stating that their kid was a good kid before they go on a killing spree.
    i feel bad for thier parents for spawning such demons.

  • waicool

    what kind of lowlife creep secretly sets up a videocam in somebody elses room and then watches, they used to call these kind of creeps “peeping toms”. now we can call them “peeping ravis” i would say that is an invasion of privacy crime. also, what kind of sexual pervert makes out with someone of their own sex? really, that is so unnatural. Hey, go Rutgers!!!!

    • fern

      Have a look at nature it may change your opinion on what’s natural and unnatural it’s quite different from bricks, mortar and concrete.

  • cowboyshooter

    STICKWITHFACTS dead nuts on!! End of story! And FERN get a life!

    • fern

      I probably if not certainly have had a better life than you could dream of you dork.

  • just sayin...

    “…but who’s really responsible is our society for not making gays feel that they are as accepted in our society,” Laura Klobusicky said.

    BAD Society! BAD, BAD, BAD Society! You are VERY NAUGHTY!

  • Vince

    Nobody PUSHED Clementi off the bridge. So there is NO MURDER here. This is being blown WAY out of proportion. Clementi had SERIOUS emotional problems. Now if the pranksters KNEW that he was on the edge of suicide and THEN plotted a way to push him over the edge, THEN you have a case. Without that, all you have is an insensitive and tasteless prank. It HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.

    • Jason

      How would you respond if you are 18 and your roommate Ravi videotaped you and broadcast your private intimate moment to the world?

      Hope that Rutgers will dismiss Ravi as he is a problem kid.

  • HJ

    These people are sick individuals. What sort of upbringing could these cruel morons have had that they would even think of doing this to another student? It is doubtful that they will get jail time because of the leftist legal system, but they should. They are however, totally responsible for the death of an innocent young man and I hope it haunts their memory for the rest of their lives.

  • NimbleFingers

    Too much voyeur cam stuff is on the web and it probably confused these two into doing this assuming no repurcussions later. Whoops , they were wrong.
    Ichat and other archives including google could have been intercepted and erased to minimize the damage. Go veg if you can. They say it helps make you smarter and help avoid forgetting things a lot later in life and improve odds on passing the grade in this 1984 like cam university world today.

  • aurelgrd

    When I read about that event in the news, it echoed a call for advice I had read on an online forum a few days before.

    Tyler Clementi had discovered about this incident through Ravi’s Tweet, and was clearly distraught.
    He wanted to fill in a complaint to the University, but feared the authorities wouldn’t take relevant action, and feared to be perceived as the culprit.
    As far as I know, he got through filling in a request be have another roommate.
    The deadly blow must have come with Ravi’s second message: “it’s happening again”, understanding that monster intended to broadcast it.

    So indeed, Ravi is responsible for what happened.
    And I’d like to know wether the University had been alerted as to the real nature of Tyler’s request.

    R.I.P. Tyler Clementi

  • Tony L

    Our hearts go out to the family and the loved ones for this young man loss of life. This is truly a tragedy that could have been avoided with some sensible thinking before the cruel actions by his roommate.
    I am sure this kind of cruel activity goes on all the campuses all over. It is not only the fault of the roommate and students but instead it is the fault of our society which allows this kind of action. Obviously this young man was emotionally unstable. But the young people are cruel by nature so it is not really a premeditated crime to kill some one with intent, instead a cruel action to shame and hurt. Some responsibility may lie with others who may be aware of this young man’s mental and emotional condition to protect him.

  • Henrik Eger

    APOLOGY: Tyler, I was not on campus when you were betrayed by your roommate and friend. I was not online when you were humiliated for all the world to see your most loving, your most intimate young life. I was not at the bridge when you got ready to jump into the icy arms of death, but . . .

    Tyler, I will be there when someone belittles others, and I will hit hard, the way you might hit your violin to compose music that might change those stony brains and open up their thick-shelled hearts.

    Farewell Tyler, play on, make love to all the angels who, like you, were belittled, stabbed, throttled, “honor”-killed, thrown away like dirty rags, like rats.

    Tyler, enjoy your life in timelessness and all the freedom you were denied by your roommate and his friends. And forgive all those of us who were not there for you. Ave vale, Tyler, fare thee well, auf Wiedersehn.

    • fern

      Thank you very much Henrik to think he was a musician which means sharing beautiful sounds with people, sharing a gift and to see this wasted completely by two idiots shocks me.

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  • Bob

    A moment of silence for someone who commits suicide? You have got to be kidding me. Many, many people have been through a heck of a lot more than this kid and they didn’t kill themselves. Suicide is the most supremely selfish act there is. It is the coward’s way out. Now Clementi’s family will never be the same after this one act.
    Obviously the people who taped him without his knowledge should be punished, but to make Clementi out to be some sort of hero worthy of reverence is absurd.

    • fern

      What’s really absurd in your comment Bob is you, and as for the coward’s exit think of the age old military tradition of the honorable exit.

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  • Jake JJ

    J wrote above:

    “While I feel bad that the young lad took his own life, he acted inconsequently.”

    Good God, the real tragedy is the utter stupidity of someone like J, who is so illiterate that he doesn’t know that he wrote complete nonsense. If there was ever a “consequent” action, it was that suicide.

    J, face it: You’re an American Idiot.

  • gnatpiz

    No crime committed. LOL. That means the dirtbags got a case of false arrest..


    Of course, bullies never think they’re doing anything wrong…

  • Anon

    No crime was committed, the idiot decided to off himself. No pity for the weak minded.

    • fern

      Better be weak minded than totally mindless as some.

  • gnatpiz

    Cyber-bullying HAS GOT TO STOP.

  • gnatpiz

    Really? Couldn’t have foreseen it? Remember the young girl who offed herself because of the made-up on-line boyfriend?


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