Former Rutgers student, Dharun Ravi, was convicted of invasion of privacy amongst other charges Friday, in the case of the 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi. He was also found guilty for tampering with evidence and witnesses on Twitter, after telling friends to watch the video.
Dharun Ravi is also facing possible deportation back to India.
Dharun Ravi Convicted: The Verdict
Ravi pleaded innocent to all charges and claimed the webcam was set up for protection of his property, while he was outside of the room. He was not charged in the death of Clementi. His lawyer insisted that Ravi was just being an immature kid and was not against homosexuality.
According to The New York Times, the jury of seven women and five men deliberated their decision for two days, after three weeks of testimony.
Dharun Ravi shook his head and looked at the floor as the jury read the verdict determining the future of the 20-year-old defendant.
Dharun Ravi Convicted: The Whole Story
The case dates back to September 2010, when Ravi planted a webcam in his and Clementi’s dorm room and captured Clementi kissing a 30-year-old man. Three days after the video was recorded, Clementi hurled himself over the George Washington Bridge.
The suicide opened up a whirlwind of controversy about the issues of cyberbullying for gay and lesbian teens. Ravi became an example of the consequences of cyberbullying.
The New York Times stated the two college freshman were opposite in many ways. Ravi, a computer expert, had many friends and played ultimate Frisbee. Clementi was shy, had a passion for the violin, and only recently came out to his parents.
Dharun Ravi Convicted: Feelings of Remorse
According to CBS NEWS, Dharun Ravi sent an apology text message to Clementi on September 22, 2010 that read:
“I felt uncomfortable and guilty of what happened,” He explained.
“I’m sorry if you heard something distorted but I assure you all my actions were good-natured.”
Dharun Ravi Convicted.