Dharun Ravi Guilty in Rutgers Webcam Trial


Former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi was convicted today of bias intimidation and other charges for spying on his freshman roommate, according to a verdict returned by a New Jersey jury just before noon.

The most serious and high-profile charges were the ones related to bias. Of those, he was guilty on various counts of invading privacy with intent to intimidate based on sexual orientation, though he was acquitted of certain charges.

He was also found guilty of eight other invasion of privacy charges and seven counts of tampering with evidence and hindering an investigation.

Ravi was on trial for spying on his roommate, Tyler Clementi, while Clementi had a romantic encounter with another man in the dorm room they shared at Rutgers. Ravi viewed a video feed of Clementi and his guest kissing, then advertised the feed over Twitter, instant message and text message during another encounter. Several days later, Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge.

Ravi now faces up to 10 years in prison for the bias charges. He is also at risk of being deported, because he is a citizen of India, though he has lived in the United States since he was young.

Sentencing is tentatively scheduled for May 21.

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