A New Jersey jury today found former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi guilty of the most serious charges for spying on his roommate, Tyler Clementi, having a gαy sɛҳuąƖ encounter in 2010.
Ravi was convicted of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness tampering, and hindering αrrєѕт, stemming from his role in activating a webcam to peek at Clementi's date with a man on Sept. 19, 2010. Ravi was also accused of encouraging others to spy during a second date, on Sept. 21, 2010, and intimidating Clementi for being gαy.
Ravi, who faces 10 years in prison and deportation to India, was was found not guilty of some of the 15 counts of bias intimidation, attempted invasion of privacy, and attempted bias intimidation, but was found guilty of the majority of crimes.
Ravi's attorney, Steven Altman, put his arm around Ravi's shoulder shortly before the verdict. Ravi showed little reaction as the jury read out the verdicts to his crimes.
Clementi's case gained national attention when he committed ѕυιcιdє by jumping off the George Washington Bridge Sept. 22, 2010. Ravi is not charged in connection with Clementi's death.
Throughout the trial, Middlesex County Prosecutor Julie McClure tried to build a case that Ravi spied on Clementi's date because his roommate was gαy, and told his friends and ƚwιƚƚeɾ followers to also spy on Clementi, describing his actions as an anti-gαy hate crime.
She argued that Clementi was clearly made uncomfortable by Ravi's actions, evidenced in Clementi's request for a room change that he submitted to Rutgers on Sept. 21.
"Three weeks into the semester and (Clementi) finds out that his sɛҳuąƖ orientation has been broadcast to the defendant's ƚwιƚƚeɾ followers," McClure said. "His private sɛҳuąƖ activities have been exposed. What do you think he's thinking? 'If Molly saw it, did Cassie see it? Did people in the hall see it? Did people in Davidson C see it?' You don't think that he was intimidated by learning that information? Fearful, embarrassed? He'd been exposed."