Under New Jersey’s invasion-of-privacy statutes, it is a fourth-degree crime to collect or view images depicting nudity or sexual contact involving another individual without that person’s consent, and it is a third-degree crime to transmit or distribute such images.
The penalty for conviction of a third-degree offense can include a prison term of up to five years.
In response to Clementi's death and others, the group Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays said it would issue a "call to action" on the topic. And a Facebook group, In Honor of Tyler Clementi, was quickly set up and by Wednesday had drawn nearly 3,000 people, many of whom posted remembrances of Clementi or expressions of shock over the death of the young man pictured playing his violin.
The Middlesex County prosecutor's office wouldn't provide details of the alleged sexual encounters, including how and where they were broadcast. 19 on what is believed to his Twitter page, which has since been deleted: "Roommate asked for the room till midnight. "Anyone with i Chat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of and 12. 21 post, according to a Web-cached version of his Twitter feed.Wei, of Princeton, both 18, have been charged with two counts each of invasion of privacy.According to the Middlesex County prosecutor's office, they secretly placed a camera in the victim's dorm room in Piscataway "to view and transmit a live image" of the student having sex on Sept. Ravi also is charged with two counts of invasion of privacy for attempting to use the camera to view and transmit another encounter involving the student two days later."We are profoundly saddened by this report, and our hearts and prayers are with the parents, family, and friends of this young man, who had started at Rutgers this semester as a first-year student on the New Brunswick campus," Rutgers President Richard Mc Cormick said in a statement."If the charges are true," Mc Cormick said "these actions gravely violate the university's standards of decency and humanity." The university does not comment on specifics of cases involving active criminal investigations, he said."They will have no further comment at this time." Wei was released on her own recognizance after surrendering to Rutgers police in New Brunswick on Monday, according to the prosecutor's office.Ravi surrendered to Rutgers police on Tuesday and was released on ,000 bail.ABC News and The Star-Ledger of Newark reported that Clementi left on his Facebook page on Sept.22 a note that read: "Jumping off the gw bridge sorry." On Wednesday, his Facebook page was accessible only to friends.Mainardi told the Star-Ledger that Ravi and the victim were roommates at Rutgers."The family and their representatives are cooperating fully with the ongoing criminal investigations of two Rutgers University students," he said in a statement.