On Friday, former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi, 20, was found guilty on all 15 counts against him after he spied on his gay roommate using a webcam. Ravi recorded his roommate kissing another man and later showed the video to a few other students. Ravi’s roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide after the incident in September of 2010.
The jury found that Ravi was guilty of both invasion of privacy and anti-gay intimidation. Ravi is facing up to 10 years in prison and possible deportation to India, even though he has legally lived in the United States since childhood. Ravi also rejected a plea bargain a few months ago that would have kept him out of prison and in the United States.
The case attracted national attention to the dangers of technology and the problems with discrimination against the gay community. New Jersey passed an anti-bullying law because of the incident, and Rutgers made changes to its housing policy.
Ravi’s sentencing is scheduled for May 21.
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