Woman in Rutgers case seeks pretrial intervention

April 29, 2011 5:35:55 AM PDT
A former Rutgers University student charged with invasion of privacy in a webcam suicide case is seeking to have her criminal record erased, court records show.

Molly Wei, 19, applied to enter a pretrial intervention program on March 1, The Homes News Tribune of East Brunswick reported Friday. The director of the program accepted her application on March 13, the newspaper said.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office must decide whether Wei is eligible for the program that allows nonviolent offenders to expunge their records if they complete probation-like conditions.

The Prosecutor's Office has declined to discuss Wei's case except to say it's active, the newspaper said.

Prosecutors have said Tyler Clementi's roommate, Dharun Ravi, used Wei's dorm room computer to view webcam images of Clementi's intimate encounter with a man.

Ravi, 19, was indicted on April 20 on 15 counts including bias intimidation and invasion of privacy in events that predated Clementi's suicide.

Prosecutors alleged Ravi targeted Clementi because of his sexual orientation and tried to broadcast the encounter online to intimidate his roommate.

If convicted of the most serious bias charge, Ravi could face five to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said charges against Wei weren't presented to the grand jury.

Wei and Ravi withdrew from Rutgers, where both were freshmen.

Clementi was a promising violinist - and out to his parents, an attorney told The Associated Press - in his first weeks at college when he took his life on Sept. 22 by jumping from the George Washington Bridge.

His suicide led to a national conversation about bullying.

--- (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) AP-NY-04-29-11 0823EDT

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