Detective: Tyler Clementi Saved Dharun Ravi’s Tweets

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (CBSNewYork/AP) —  A detective testified Tuesday that a Rutgers University student saved screenshots of his roommate’s Twitter postings that said he was seen on a video chat “making out with a dude” and “daring” others to watch.

Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Investigator Gary Charydczak showed jurors records from 18-year-old Tyler Clementi’s computer on Tuesday during the trial Dharun Ravi.

The detective said he learned about Clementi’s computer use from examining the hard drive of the laptop that was found in his Rutgers dorm room.

He displayed the Tweets that he said were saved to Clementi’s hard drive under the names “untitled.jpg” and “secondtime.jpg.”

Charydczak said Clementi visited Ravi’s Twitter page 38 times between Sept. 20 and Sept. 22, the day he jumped off the George Washington Bridge.

Ravi is accused of using a webcam to spy on Clementi as he was having an intimate encounter with another man back in September 2010.

Prosecutors say Ravi used Twitter first to tell followers that he had seen his roommate “making out with a dude” on Sept. 19, and two days later to “dare” them to video chat him when Clementi had again asked to have the room to himself so he could have a guest over.

Authorities also say Ravi told friends about the expected dorm-room liaison through other means, including text messages.

Earlier Tuesday, Rutger’s network analyst Timothy Hayes told jurors that it appeared that Ravi’s computer was in web chats with other students on Sept. 21 between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., but then “went silent” for two hours later that night.

“In reviewing the data, there was this glaringly obvious hole. There was a period of approximately two hours where there was no data from Ravi’s computer,” he said. “It is unusual for a computer, especially a student computer, to go silent especially during that hour of the day.”

That was the night that Ravi had allegedly set up the webcam and invited others to watch Clementi during a sexual encounter with another man in their dorm room.

Prosecutors have been building the case that Ravi also went to the rooms of dorm mates that evening to test his webcam.

They tried to use Hayes’ testimony to corroborate that. He said there was a web chat between his computer and Lokesh Ojha’s at 6:58 p.m. that evening, and another with Alissa Agarwal starting 46 minutes later. Both those students testified that Ravi showed them how they could use a web chat program to see what was happening in his room.

There has been no evidence that anyone used a videochat service to spy on Clementi that night.

Court documents suggest that Ravi’s computer was unplugged before his guest arrived. Hayes said it seems that Ravi’s computer was unplugged for about two hours, beginning at 9:25 p.m.

On Monday, a friend testified that Ravi sent her a text message inviting her to a “viewing party” of his dorm room webcam showing Clementi in an intimate encounter with another man.

“Something about making out, his roommate making out with another man,” Michele Huang told the jury.

“Do it for real,” Ravi wrote in a text that was shown to jurors. “I have it pointed at his bed.”

In one part of the exchange, Huang texted Ravi: “Watch out, he may come for you when you’re sleeping.”

Ravi responded that he had his computer set to alert him if anyone was in his bed when he wasn’t there. “It keeps the gays away,” he said.

The exchange may help prosecutors show that Ravi had malice toward gays, a necessary element to persuade jurors to convict Ravi on the bias intimidation charges he faces. But he and his friend went on to talk about some of their gay friends.

Later, Huang testified that after Clementi killed himself, Ravi told her the talk of a viewing party was a joke.

Ravi faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

His attorney says that his client does not hate homosexuals, but that he acted childishly and was using his webcam to keep an eye on his belongings.

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  • Danielle

    Ok. So hypothetically, if Mr. Clementi did not jump off the GW bridge, would this guy be facing 10 years in prison? I don’t believe so. What he did was a violation of this young man’s privacy, clearly wrong and quite childishly cruel. I do not, however, feel that what he did warrants spending 10 years in prison. Clearly Mr. Clementi has some issues that were exacerbated by Mr. Ravi’s actions/behavior. It is a sad shame that this young man felt suicide was an answer to his insecutiries compounded by what Mr. Ravi did, but it is not solely Mr. Ravi’s doing. I feel for the parents of this poor young man, but do not feel that Mr. Ravi deserves to spend the next 10 years of his life behind bars for playing a cruel prank on and already fragile young man.

    • Danielle

      * had
      * insecurities

  • Esther Marlowe

    No one asks the question: Why did Tyler kill himself? He knew he was gay. His dorm mates didn’t really care if he was or wasn’t. Did he fear rejection by his parents if they found out? Did they already know he was gay?

  • JV Kleeck

    Why does Ravi have to answer for the preversion of others?

  • Barney Frank

    Ravi is being made a victim here by the DA and the Press.

    You cannot hope to convict him of someones death who committed suicide. Clementi was feeble minded and although didn’t desrve to be filmed he obviously had many mental problems.

    • NYC Rick

      Tyler Clementi’s BIGGEST problem was his roommate!

    • Patrick D

      yes you can actually because his actions drove the kid to commit suicide. What Tyler should have done was taken a bat to to ravi’s head… I hope he spends his whole life in jail being raped savagely before being brutally murdered the day before his release. If you cant just let someone live their live without being hateful then you dont deserve to live. This planet has no room for people like that.

      • JiminyCricket

        Oh, great idea! I guess kindergardeners who pick on each other should die by firing squad for being “hateful”! I hope a nice guy like Patrick becomes president some day. He’ll sure solve the population problem by wiping out all who he judges to be hateful! What a warm, peaceful world we’ll live in! Well, those of us left!

    • S Bruce

      Ravi isn’t being tried for killing Clementi. he’s being tried for bias intimidation. every article has stated as much. do you even read the stories before commenting?

  • Scott

    Is Dharun Ravi a member of an extremist group?

  • Rocker80

    Mr. Ravi is being railroaded by the press

  • Abiekaye

    Whether or not Rhavi hated gays or was simply casually homophobic like many young men, what he did to his roommate was a cruel and hurtful violation of his privacy. That would have been true if Rhavi had just spied himself, but to invite all and sundry to watch as well is unconscionable.

    Some of you folks are focusing solely on the fact that Clementi was gay. I suppose you all would be okay if someone photographed you in an intimate moment and spread it all over the Internet….

  • David Goldberg

    Homeland security should be watching this donkey.

  • Ted

    Dharun Ravi belongs in jail. It’s that simple. It would be unthinkable for anyone to put a webcam trained on two straight people. (If he’d done that, he’d be facing even more serious charges you can be certain – probably federal charges. Which begs the question, why isn’t the U.S. Attorney for NJ prosecuting this case?).

  • Ted

    you belong in jail too.

  • ideal

    I can’t say that your comment is clear but you are clearly a bigot

  • shirley

    exactly and the atty should simply get the ball rolling that ravi had no rights and HAS NO RIGHTS here.
    since when is a 2 bed dorm room the equivalent of one occupant bordello ?
    and why couldn’t clementi have his sex some where else ?-it is a 2 occupant room.
    can they even PROVE that clementi committed suicide due to this bs ? NO.
    yeah,they have a note ! and ? what does this NOTE say ?
    entire trial is a sham and all concerned with this should be writing the state,judge etc.

    • ideal

      yeah, you are a bigot too. Smart people hate bigots. Bigots are stupid. Did you know that? :)

  • 2012

    A viewing party? The last thing that I would want to see is two men going at it. Too many freaks walking this planet.

  • NYC Rick

    Let me make sure I understand you here. Ravi violated Tyler Clementi’s right of privacy, harrassed him, attempted to embarass and humiliate him, and threw a viewing party, but somehow Ravi is the victim here of “a homosexual lynch mob”?! I’d like to understand the logic in your argument, but it’s clear that there is none.

    • shirley

      and what RIGHT to privacy in a double room bukkie ?
      same for your claim of HARASSMENT –total bs and this is not even presented in the case.

      • Michael H.

        “Biased intimidation” is akin to a harassment charge in this case. And in dorm rooms you most definitely have an expectation of privacy. All colleges and universities have clauses in the residence agreements laying out policies for roommates to adhere to.

  • max

    yet another jackass
    this one cant even spell

  • a.boyle

    Deport him now so we can save money by not having to clothe and feed him in jail.

  • a.boyle

    Save ourselves money to keep him in jail, JUST DEPORT HIS SORRY ASS NOW.

  • Peter

    This guy should have taken a plea because he is about to be sent to prison for a lot longer than his original plea!!!

  • Hang Man

    I wonder who else he spied on?

  • Steven

    For someone who hated homosexuals, he sure put alot of time and effort into watching them, guess someone is hiding deep in a closet.

    • MNA


    • littlestar

      Yeah. Why would a strait want to watch that ? I could look the other way once, but he said he wanted a second veiwing. Strange.

  • normal

    Sure hope no jurors have to watch any footage (if it still exists). 12 people vomiting at once surely not a pretty sight.

    • max

      you should change your screen name from normal to asshole

      • Amused but not misled

        Do you vomit every time you watch those kinds of videos?

    • ideal


    • Patrick D

      If only there was someone to give your mom a nice punch in the stomach when she was carrying you…..

  • vinster

    perfectly sound defense as long as he normally stored his personal belongings on Tyler’s bed

    • MaxineRocks

      Soo…I’m guessing he’s telling everyone Tyler belonged to him, then?

      Hey, Ravi – DO drop the soap in the shower when you get sent to prison.

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