Two Rutgers students are facing five years in jail apiece after they broadcast a roommate's private life on the web, an act which probably led to his suicide.
Dharun Ravi, a freshman student at Rutgers, used his laptop's webcam to secretly record his roommate's tryst with another male student and broadcast it on the internet with the help of fellow student Molly Wei.
"Roommate asked for the room till midnight," read the post from Ravi on Twitter on September 19.
"I went into Molly's room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay."
When Clementi found out what was happened he posted on Facebook that he was going to throw himself off George Washington Bridge. His wallet was found near the bridge and he has not been seen since, although no body has yet been discovered.
"Tyler was a fine young man, and a distinguished musician. The family is heartbroken beyond words. They respectfully request that they be given time to grieve their great loss and that their privacy at this painful time be respected by all," said his family in a statement.
"The family and their representatives are cooperating fully with the ongoing criminal investigations of two Rutgers University students."
Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said that Ravi would also face two additional charges for attempting another broadcast on September 21.
Ravi, 18, was released from jail on $25,000 bail and co-defendant Wei, 18, was released on her own recognizance after the suspects surrendered to campus police.
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