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Release*††††††††† †††††††Date: May 6, 2011
†††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† *News Release*††††††††† †††††††Date: May 6, 2011
Ex-Rutgers student admitted to pretrial program
††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced that
Molly W. Wei, (DOB 2/1/92) of
††††††††† Wei and Dharun Ravi, (DOB 2/28/92) of Plainsboro, were both
originally charged with two counts of invasion of privacy occurring on
September 19, 2010, for observing and disclosing computer images of Raviís
roommate, T.C., and another individual, later identified as M.B.† The investigation determined that on
September 19, 2010,
††††††††† Following an extensive seven-month investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office and the Rutgers University Police Department, Ravi was indicted on April 20, 2011, by a grand jury in Middlesex County and was charged in a 15-count indictment of initiating a plan to deliberately and repeatedly invade the privacy of T.C. and M.B. on two separate occasions.
††††††††† In addition to the counts of invasion of privacy,
††††††††† The investigation did not result in additional charges against Wei.† Based upon Weiís role on September 19, 2010, as charged in the original complaints, the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office agreed with the Program recommendation that found Wei to be a suitable candidate for PTI.† This decision was made following consultation with T.C.ís family and with M.B.
††††††††† Wei appeared today before Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman, the presiding criminal court judge, at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick, where she waived her right to a presentation of the charges against her to a grand jury in Middlesex County.
††††††††† Wei also agreed to enroll in the PTI program under certain conditions set by Middlesex County First Assistant Prosecutor Julia L. McClure.
††††††††† Under the agreement, Wei was admitted to the program for
three years, during which time she must continue to cooperate with law
enforcement authorities and must provide truthful testimony during any future
court proceedings involving
††††††††† In addition, Wei will be expected to complete 300 hours of community service and must participate in counseling associated with cyber-bullying and alternate and cultural lifestyles.
††††††††† If Wei successfully completes the program, the two privacy invasion counts filed against her will be dismissed.† If she fails to complete the conditions of PTI, the charges will not be dismissed and she will be subject to further court action.
††††††††† Wei has remained free on her own recognizance after
surrendering to the Rutgers University Police Department in New Brunswick on
September 27, 2010.†
is the case with all criminal defendants,