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Friday
May062011

Tyler Clementi Case: Wei Agrees to Deal

Tyler Clementi/Facebook(NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) -- The cyber-bullying case of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University student who killed himself in 2010, reached a partial conclusion on Friday as former Rutgers student Molly Wei agreed to cooperate with authorities.

In exchange for help in the prosecution of a fellow student, Dharun Ravi, Wei agreed on Friday to join an intervention program that requires her to perform 300 hours of community service over the next three years and undergo counseling for cyberbullying.

Wei and Ravi faced charges after Clementi, an 18-year-old Rutgers freshman, threw himself off the George Washington Bridge in September 2010 upon learning that Ravi had encouraged fellow students to view a webcast of Clementi and another man having sex. Wei's laptop was used to view the webcam video; Wei also allegedly watched the sexual encounter.

Clementi's family issued a statement Friday saying, "Actions have consequences. We wish that Ms. Wei will become a person who will make better decisions, will help people and show kindness to those she comes in contact with."

Wei's attorney, Rubin Sinins, countered that while his client took responsibility for her actions, she had been unfairly maligned.

"She has been demonized as a cyberbully and sort of the poster child for cyberbullying, which could not be further from the truth," said Sinins. He added, "Even before there was any arrest, even before there were any charges Molly was fully cooperative with law enforcement…"

Clementi's suicide caused national outrage and became a symbol of the problem of cyberbullying.

The case against Dharun Ravi is still proceeding.

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