Former Rutgers Student Dharun Ravi Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail

May 22, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Monday in a New Jersey court for spying on his roommate’s intimate encounter with a friend. Ravi’s freshman roommate, then 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, committed suicide days after. 

“I do not believe he hated Tyler Clementi,” Judge Glenn Berman told the court, according to ABC News. “He had no reason to, but I do believe he acted out of colossal insensitivity.”

The 20-year-old Ravi is required to report to Middlesex Adult Correctional Center at 9 a.m. on May 31 for his 30-day jail term. He will also need to serve three years of probation, 300 hours of community service, participate in counseling programs for cyber-bullying and alternative lifestyles, pay a $10,000 assessment to the probation department in increments of $300 per month starting on Aug. 1. 

The judge recommended that Ravi, a native of India in New Jersey on a green card, not be deported. 

Ravi was convicted of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness tampering, and hindering arrest. In September 2010, Ravi and a fellow hallmate, Molly Wei, used a webcam on Ravi’s computer to view Clementi kissing from a computer in Wei’s dorm room without Clementi knowing. 

Ravi did not speak at his sentencing, but his mother, Sabitha Ravi, told the judge breaking into tears that Ravi “doesn’t have any hatred in his heart toward anybody” and that his dreams are now “shattered,” according to CBS News. 

Ravi urged his friends and Twitter followers to watch through his webcam a second tryst between Clementi and his friend. The day after, Sept. 22, Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge connecting New Jersey and Manhattan. 

Wei accepted a plea agreement on May 6, 2011, which allowed her to avoid prosecution, in exchange for her testimony against Ravi, 300 hours of community service, counseling, and classes on people with alternative lifestyles.

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