September 30th, 2010
08:00 PM ET

Prosecutor: Bias charges may come in webcast of sexual encounter

CNN Wire Staff

New York (CNN) - New Jersey prosecutors said Thursday they are determining whether additional charges, including bias, may be brought against two Rutgers University students accused of invading the privacy of fellow student Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide after his sexual encounter with another man was streamed online.

"The initial focus of this investigation has been to determine who was responsible for remotely activating the camera in the dormitory room of the student and then transmitting the encounter on the Internet," Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J Kaplan said.

"Now that two individuals have been charged with invasion of privacy, we will be making every effort to assess whether bias played a role in the incident, and, if so, we will bring appropriate charges," Kaplan said in a statement.

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  1. Manslaughter

    I think Wei and Ravi should be charged with manslaughter. This incident is beyond bullying. Clementi's suicide was a direct result of the actions made by Wei and Ravi.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  2. Elliott R

    Rutgers should have address this problem immediately and its too bad the room mate decided to try to publicly humiliate him. But a room mate shouldn't be shagging someone every night and preventing the room mate from using the space. Students go to college to learn, don't they?

    September 30, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  3. Jerry, Edmonton, Canada

    This is all to familiar if you follow gay youth and the suicide rate. The only time we ever hear of this is when another kid kills himself. How many dead gay kids will be enough before someone does anything to take on this issue. Please ask the politicians so we can have an idea when they think this is a problem. Thanks...

    September 30, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  4. Ann Hastings

    Here in Vancovuer BC a charge of distributing child pornography has been brought against a 16 year old who used his cell phone to record the gang rape of a teenage girl then posted it to Facebook. I would think that releasing intimate footage without permission constitutes if not the same charge then at least a hate crime.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  5. Jeanne

    Since these boys felt it was fine for them to put this encounter on the internet, let's see their faces. I'd like to see them plastered all over the internet and TV. Their parents must be really proud of them as they lack morals and values.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  6. Annie Kate

    If they aren't charged with bias I will be surprised. I wonder though if they realized what kind of impact their video streaming would have – even if Clementi had not committed suicide it would have still been a very troubling act that would have made Clementi feel singled out for ridicule. Our computer tools make it easy to do things like this – and with the Internet there really are no rules about what is acceptable to do and what is not. Since there are people who don't seem to be able to figure out that this sort of action is not acceptable perhaps we need a set of rules to spell out correct and incorrect behavior. At least that would give people a rulebook to follow.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:14 pm |