Tyler Clementi Suicide: Dharun Ravi, Molly Wei, Bias Charges?
Tyler Clementi's Death Has Been Ruled a Suicide But the Investigation into Two Fellow Rutgers University Students Has Expanded
Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei have already been charged with invading Tyler Clementi's privacy after his sexual encounter with another male student was broadcast on the Internet, but the two could face bias charges as well.
Bruce Kaplan, the Middlesex County Prosecutor, told MyCentralJersey.com, that now the people responsible for the act have been identified, other charges could follow.
‘’Now that two individuals have been charged with invasion of privacy, we will be making every effort to assess whether any bias played a role in the incident, and, if so, we will bring appropriate charges.''
Tyler Clementi's death was ruled a suicide and the medical examiner determined he died from drowning and blunt force trauma to the torso, but many have blamed Ravi and Wei for causing the circumstances leading to Clementi's death.
Ravi even tried to film Clementi again a few days after the first public viewing.
Ravi first posted on his Twitter account "Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into molly’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay".
Then a few days later Ravi tweeted again "Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes it’s happening again."
Ravi was released on bail and Wei was released on her own recognizance after both surrendered to police.
Derek Yan, 16, a junior and co-captain of the school’s Ultimate Frisbee team — a position Ravi held his senior year — said his friend had no problems with gay people.
"He had gay friends," Yan told The Associated Press. Yan said that he had chatted online with Ravi about what college life was like and that Ravi liked Clementi, his roommate.
"He said he was lucky to have a good roommate," Yan said. "He said his roommate was cool."