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Rutgers Freshman Commits Suicide After Classmates Webcast His Sexual Activities

A freshman at Rutgers University at New Brunswick, Tyler Clementi, apparently killed himself last Wednesday, after classmates used a hidden camera to record his sexual activities and broadcast them on the Internet, according to the New York Daily News and other local news outlets. Two Rutgers students, Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, were each charged with two counts of invasion of privacy for the broadcast, and Mr. Ravi faces two additional charges for attempting to arrange a second broadcast, according to the Daily News, which said his lawyer could not be reached for comment. A Twitter post indicated that Mr. Clementi and Mr. Ravi were roommates and that Mr. Clementi was taped with another man, the Daily News reported. According to the newspaper, Rutgers declined to comment on the details of the case but said that it “takes these matters seriously and has policies to deal with student behavior.”

Update (6:45 p.m., U.S. Eastern time): The Associated Press is reporting that New York police officers have recovered a body from the Hudson River thought to be that of Mr. Clementi. The student’s wallet was found on the George Washington Bridge after two witnesses saw someone jump off it and into the river, the AP reported.

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