Former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi sentenced to 30 days in prison

Dharun Ravi wipes a tear during his sentencing at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick.

A former Rutgers University student was sentenced on Monday to 30 days in prison for hate crimes after spying on his roommate’s gay encounter with another man.

Dharun Ravi, 20, had faced a maximum of 10 years behind bars for his conviction, which ramped up penalties in the invasion of privacy case in Middlesex County Superior Court in New Jersey. The sentence was imposed by Judge Glenn Berman, who also gave Ravi probation.

Ravi had been accused of using a computer-mounted camera to spy on his roommate Tyler Clementi’s gay tryst with an older man in their college dorm room.

Clementi, who was 18, days later committed suicide, and the case drew a national spotlight to gay bullying and the hazards of social media. Ravi was not charged with causing Clementi’s death.

Ravi also received three years of probation and was ordered to pay
$11,000. He must complete 300 hours of community service for cyber
bullying and alternative lifestyles. He also faces possible deportation because he was born in India, although he grew up in the United States.


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