Tweeting, Deleting Help Build Rutgers Webcam Case

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The roommate of a Rutgers University student who killed himself after authorities said his intimate encounter with a man was captured by a webcam is finding that it’s not just what you tweet, but also what you delete, that can get you in trouble.

Dharun Ravi was charged last week with several counts of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy. But perhaps just as surprising were the charges of evidence tampering than an indictment said stemmed from Ravi’s attempts to delete text message and a Twitter post.

Prosecutors say Ravi and another student used a webcam to watch part of Tyler Clementi’s encounter with another man.

Clementi jumped to his death off the George Washington bridge in September.

Several messages left with Ravi’s attorney weren’t returned

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  1. Ryab says:

    The only thing worse than the brutal invasion of Clementi’s privacy are the sick tools on here grasping for a way to justify it. That poor kid, he didn’t deserve what he got.

    1. TomNJ says:

      He did it to himself – no one pushed him off that bridge. If he was outed, OK. But his response is his own fault, no one else.

  2. M.A.D says:

    What is being violated here are our rights, our freedoms. We are heading towards a communist state and fearful to do or say anything. Careful for what you wish for.

  3. haccker says:

    Listen morons, kids are kids and as such must be protected. Rutgers FAILED to address the harassment and did not intervene!!! They are at fault. Yes you do have a reasonable right to PRIVACY! You obviously never went to COLLEGE!

    1. Rutgers Law Student says:

      They were sharing a dorm room. One cannot expect total privacy in a shared dormitory. He should have rented a hotel room. Ravi had a right to put a webcam on his owe computer in his dorm room. Tyler knew there was a webcam on Ravi’s computer. The webcam was out in the open. Not like it was hidden….

  4. Emmanuel Goldman says:

    Jaymie–Don’t be so self-loathing. You ARE a normal person, no matter what your daddy tells you!

  5. martin r says:

    What happened to the girl involved MOLLY WEI is she not to be charged or let off hell no fry her ass also

  6. Seeking an Answer says:

    Is it a sin to be gay?

    1. Trish says:

      If you mean sin as defined in divine law, then yes, being gay is a sin. Sorry. If you do not follow religion, then it does not really matter.

  7. Rutgers Law Student says:

    They were sharing a dorm room. One cannot expect total privacy in a shared dormitory. He should have rented a hotel room. Ravi had a right to put a webcam on his owe computer in his dorm room. Tyler knew there was a webcam on Ravi’s computer. The webcam was out in the open. Not like it was hidden.

  8. Just Curious says:

    Why is the other man that he had intimate encounters with silent? Is he hiding somewhere?

  9. Taquanna says:

    White boy kills himself and the colored boy is made the scapegoat. If it was the other way around nothing would have happened to the white boy.

  10. kendra says:

    MAYBE BE HE WANTED IN ON THE ALLEGED AFFAIR AND WAS OUSTED OR SOMETHING..

  11. TomNJ says:

    I think if showing a secretly made video is a crime then we should arrest Access Tonight, TMZ and the regular news organizations like CBS. I mean. they get hold of video and show it all the time no matter who it may hurt. Granted, what this guy did was wrong and childish, but not criminal. If the gay kid would have shot him instead of killing himself, we would all be blaming the gay kid for his actions. Now because he chose to kill himself, we are supposed to blame someone else? People need to think with there brains and not the hearts all the time in reaction to this kind of thing.

    1. J.G. Wentworth says:

      So, if someone comes to your house and makes a video of you, or your mom, or wife or sister, taking a shower, having sex, etc., then put it on a website and directed everyone he knew to watch it, you would have NO problem with that, right? Let me know where you live, I would LOVE to meet your sister or daughter.

  12. Rod in says:

    You KNOW Ravi is gay. Any boy that plucks his eyebrows and do that gerri curl IS gay. He did it because he’s secretly envious of Clementi.

    1. Twinkies says:

      Does Rutgers have alot of gays?🙂

  13. guest says:

    Why can’t there any good news coming out of my alma mater? This is all tragic..This boy did violate Tyler Clementi’s civil rights and privace. Even if Tyler never killed himself this boy should be prosecuted. As well as those perverted pals of his..

    1. Get Your Facts Correct says:

      It was his first weeks at college and Tyler had multiple tryst with other men in his dorm room. Who is the pervert here? Ravi was the one who should be afraid of contracting AIDS from his roommate Tyler.

  14. Tona says:

    I agree!!!

  15. Daniel P. says:

    I think he should be charged with federal civil rights violations, and therefore face term of up to 30 years in prison or life in prison. He DID violate this young man’s civil rights.

    1. Kay M says:

      That’s no excuse to put a hidden video camera, tape him having intimate relations with a person, and streaming it online for the world to see. How would you feel if it happened to you? It’s not like he got walked in on. Your like of empathy is disgusting.

      1. Rutgers Law Student says:

        Ravi had a right to put a webcam on his owe computer in his dorm room. Tyler knew there was a webcam on Ravi’s computer. The webcam was out in the open. Not like it was hidden. They were sharing a dorm room. One cannot expect total privacy in a shared dormitory. He should have rented a hotel room.

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