(NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) — Former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in jail by a New Jersey judge Monday for spying on his roommate’s gay tryst. Ravi’s freshman roommate Tyler Clementi committed suicide days later.
“I do not believe he hated Tyler Clementi,” Judge Glenn Berman told the court. “He had no reason to, but I do believe he acted out of colossal insensitivity.”
Ravi must report to Middlesex Adult Correctional Center on May 31 at 9 a.m. for his probationary sentence.
In March, Ravi was found guilty of a bias crime for using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate Tyler Clementi.
Ravi, 20, was convicted of a hate crime for using a webcam to spy on Clementi during a sexual liaison with a man identified only as “MB” and announcing what he saw on Twitter. Ravi put out another tweet when he heard Clementi was having a second date with MB.
Ravi faced a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison and deportation.
Ravi was convicted of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness tampering and hindering arrest, stemming from his role in activating the webcam to peek at Clementi’s date with a man in the dorm room on Sept. 19, 2010.
Ravi was also convicted of encouraging others to spy during a second date, on Sept. 21, 2010, and intimidating Clementi for being gay.
Ravi had previously rejected a plea deal that would have spared him any jail time or the threat of deportation, but put him on probation and would have required him to perform community service.
Ravi was found not guilty of some subparts of the 15 counts of bias intimidation, attempted invasion of privacy, and attempted bias intimidation, but needed only to be found guilty of one part of each count to be convicted.
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