Dharun Ravi Found Guilty of Most Charges in Tyler Clementi Spying Trial

By
Dharun Ravi waits for the judge to explain the law to the jury before they begin their deliberations during his trial at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick, N.J. on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.  Ravi is accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate, Tyler Clementi,  intimate encounter with another man.  Days later  Clementi committed suicide.  Ravi, 19, faces 15 criminal charges, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation, a hate crime punishable by up to 10 years in state prison.
Photo: John O'Boyle/AP

After 12 hours of deliberation over more than two days, a jury found Dharun Ravi guilty on counts including bias as a hate crime, invasion of privacy, destroying evidence, hindering apprehension or prosecution, and witness tampering, but not guilty of several other bias intimidation charges in a New Jersey court today. Ravi was charged with 15 counts in all for spying with a web cam on his Rutgers roommate Tyler Clementi, who later committed suicide.

Prosecutors said Ravi targeted Clementi because he was gay, while the defense portrayed him as an immature 18-year-old. Although Ravi was not charged directly in Clementi's death, the case became a discussion point in the conversation about the bullying of gay teens, while Ravi's villainization and the unfounded rumors swirling around the case were explored in this exhaustive New Yorker article

Ravi, whose sentencing is scheduled for May 21, faces up to ten years in prison and could be deported to his native India.

This post has been updated throughout.