Tonight there are two updates to the heartbreaking case of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University freshman who jumped to his death off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate secretly recorded and live-streamed his sexual encounter with another man.
A body fished from the Hudson River north of the GWB has been positively identified as Tyler Clementi's, reports NJ.com and the Daily News. The body was recovered on September 23, one day after the 18-year-old student leaped from the span. The cause of death was suicide by drowning, with blunt impact injuries to his torso, says the New York City Medical Examiner.
The Middlesex County Prosecutor's office has charged Clementi's former roommate, Dharan Ravi, and another freshman, Molly Wei, both 18, with invasion of privacy. Both are free pending court hearings.
"'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 Kaplan said in a statement released this evening. 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.' Gov. Chris Christie called Clementi's death an "unspeakable tragedy" today and said he would let Attorney General Paula Dow to evaluate whether bias charges would be warranted.
Ravi is accused of using a hidden webcam to surreptitiously transmit a live image of Clementi having sex with another man on September 19. Ravi reportedly went down the hall to Wei's dorm room and used Skype to activate the webcam and streamed the session via Twitter. Ravi has claimed this was an accident, but he attempted it a second time on September 21, authorities said, and messaged on his Twitter account: "Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes it's happening again." The live feed was unsuccessful because Clementi was alerted by students and disconnected the webcam and turned off the computer.
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