A WW-P High School North graduate, seeking to have charges dismissed in the Rutgers invasion of privacy case, has reportedly been accepted into a pre-trial program.
Molly Wei, 19, of West Windsor, appeared in Superior Court on May 6 and was accepted into a pretrial program after the approval of both the judge and the prosecutor’s office, stated various news reports.
Wei reportedly pleaded not guilty and was accepted into the program, which would require her to perform 300 hours of community service and undergo counseling for cyberbullying and dealing with the alternative lifestyles of others.
If she completes the three-year pre-trial program without getting into any more legal trouble, the charges against her will be dropped, reports stated. Had she been convicted on two counts of invasion of privacy, Wei would have faced the possibility of being sentenced to five years in prison.
But the terms of the program spell even more trouble for fellow North graduate and former Rutgers classmate, Dharun Ravi, 18, of Plainsboro — whom she must testify against when he is prosecuted, said reports.
Last month, a grand jury indicted Ravi, who allegedly used the webcam to broadcast his roommate’s encounter over the Internet. The roommate, Tyler Clementi, later committed suicide. Wei was in Ravi’s room during the webcast.
Ravi was indicted on two counts of invasion of privacy and two counts of attempted invasion of privacy, as well as bias charges because his actions against Clementi “were intended to intimidate” Clementi and his partner “because of their sexual orientation,” said a press release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. Ravis is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, May 23.