Tyler Clementi Case: Dharun Ravi Found Guilty of Hate Crimes, Invasion of Privacy

by at . Comments

A New Brunswick, N.J., jury has found Dharun Ravi guilty of invasion of privacy and hate crimes stemming from the tragic suicide of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi.

Ravi, his roommate, also faces deportation to India.

Jurors also found Ravi guilty Friday of two charges of bias intimidation, tampering with physical evidence, tampering with a witness and hindering apprehension.

Ravi and Clementi

Ravi, 20, faced a 15-count indictment, and he sat emotionless as a judge read the jury's mixed verdict. As the verdict was read, Clementi's parents wept in court.

Ravi will be sentenced on May 21, and he can remain free until then, although starting March 30, he must check in with the court every two weeks until sentencing.

The now infamous case can be tracad back to September 20, 2010, Ravi set up a live webcam in their dorm room and filmed Clementi kissing another man.

Dharun Ravi later Tweeted about what he'd seen and invited others to watch Tyler Clementi with the man, whose name has never been revealed publicly.

Clementi, 18, jumped to his death off the George Washington Bridge two days later after leaving a note on Facebook that read, "Jumping off the gw bridge. Sorry."

Prosecutors say Ravi was motivated by a hatred of gays.

Molly Wei, another student who was with Ravi while spying on Clementi and whose laptop was used to watch the intimate encounter, was shown leniency.

For her participation in the events, she must perform 300 hours of community service, undergo counseling or training in cyberbullying and work full time.

Clementi's suicide became a national story and an issue that caused many to speak out for human rights, including Ellen DeGeneres and Lady Gaga.

It also helped inspire the widely-popular "It Gets Better" Campaign, aimed at ending teen bullying and preventing suicide among LGBT youth.

Tags: ,
Avatar

"Ravi hasn't done anything wrong!"
The above statement showed exactly what is very wrong with America, a country that likes to teach and preach to others about human rights.
What Ravi did was at the very least a gross invasion of privacy and lacks decency. You don't in your right mind secretly film someone in his room where he would have had expected a modicum of privacy and then air it and then make fun of that someone... and then you have people defending Ravi. Be careful, folks. What goes round comes round. The next victim may be your loved one, and then of course, you will sing a different tune!

Avatar

just signed the petition , thanks TOM. Ravi hasn't done anything wrong!

Avatar

This man should be given a medal for standing up for his belief.

Avatar

In my opinion, Religious beliefs belong out of State Funded Intiruitions. The Church has gone too far to hide behind the bible to express their hatred towards Gays, Minorities and Women. Get with the program, it is 2012. I believe that is why the Pope got his head chopped off by the French as History recalls. On the other hand, "God Bless Tyler Clementi and may he rest in peace".

Avatar

He's kinda pretty too. Makes me wonder if he's in denial about something. But boy, he's sure gonna make someone happy in prison.

Avatar

Does not matter what race you are , this could have been anyone and bullies are no color or creed... He deserves what he gets , he literally push that poor man over the edge...No pun intended ... For a young man to jump off a bridge because of what this bully did is a tragic end ...and they need to make a example out of someone .. I hope more people are guilty of bullying when someone they are bullying takes their own life ...Then maybe it will end ..

Avatar

@Ronnie I agree. I don't know why the other student, Molly got off so easily.

Avatar

The Indian did this and it was premeditated. He should be in jail. So should Molly.

Avatar

"Indian should stay in India...they are not smart enough for U.S.A." HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Loved your sense of humour, bud. NOT.

Avatar

I agree that race has nothing to do with it. He should be punished as a message to others who want to bully.