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Tyler Clementi roommate Dharun Ravi indicted on 15 new counts

Tyler Clementi Personal Photo

Tyler Clementi
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey grand jury has handed down a 15-count indictment against Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers student who allegedly webcast a same-sex sexual encounter involving his roommate Tyler Clementi, shortly before Clementi committed suicide last September.

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The indictment charges Ravi with bias, invasion of privacy, witness and evidence tampering, and other charges stemming from the suicide of his 18-year-old roommate, a promising violinist.

Ravi was already facing invasion of privacy charges along with another student, Molly Wei. Lawyers for Ravi say the webcam stream was viewed only on a single computer and did not show the men having sex.

Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River shortly after authorities say Ravi and Wei used a webcam to view his liaison.

The death of Clementi, in his first weeks at college, came amid a string of high-profile suicides of young people who were gay or perceived to be gay.

Partly because of his high-profile death and the other circumstances surrounding his suicide, Clementi became a face of the issue.

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  • Carlin Miller

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