Ravi Convicted In Clementi 'Spycam' Trial, Faces Possible Prison Sentence

Dharun Ravi targeted roommate Tyler Clementi because he was gay, jury finds.

A Middlesex County jury found Dharun Ravi guilty Friday in the Rutgers webcam spying case that may have led to the suicide of Ridgewood native Tyler Clementi in fall of 2010.

Ravi, 20, was convicted on the most serious charges of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy and faces a possible ten year prison sentence. He could also be after serving time in prison.

The jury agreed with prosecutors that Ravi targeted Clementi, his 18-year-old roommate, because Clementi was gay. Ravi showed little emotion after hearing the jury determine his fate, ultimately convicting him on 24 of 35 charges contained in 15 counts.

Clementi days after discovering Ravi attempted to view him in a romantic encounter with another man, inviting others to watch at a 'viewing party.' He was not charged with contributing to Clementi's death.

Prosecutors said Ravi set up a webcam on his computer, went to another room and viewed Clementi and the man, , shirtless and kissing. Ravi tweeted about the encounter and days later attempted to film the two again, but Clementi discovered the camera and disabled it.

Ravi later  and was also convicted Friday of witness tampering and attempting to destroy evidence.

Ravi, who had no criminal history prior to his conviction, was presented by the defense as a foolish teenager who made a mistake. His attorney, Steve Altman, said Ravi was concerned Clementi's lover would steal Ravi's iPod.

The defense on cross examination asked Ravi's dormmates if he'd ever expressed hatred toward gays or Clementi. They responded they did not, though .

Tyler Clementi's father Joseph addressed the media after the verdict on Friday, thanking the judge, prosecutor and victim advocacy groups for their involvement.

He said the trial was "painful."

Ravi is scheduled to be sentenced Monday, May 21. He remains free on bail.

Bruce Knuckle March 16, 2012 at 08:47 PM
AM, probably see pretty much the same stuff. He is a foolish teenager, just mimicking what is all over TV these days. Hidden camera shows, you tube clips ,viral video etc..... Use a real jury of this kids peers and you would see a different outcome.
Karen O'Shea March 16, 2012 at 08:48 PM
seriously this dude is going have a rough time in prison. I totally agree with above statement. It's so heinious to do what he had done to that poor guy. Rest In Peace Tyler.....
Oscar March 16, 2012 at 09:13 PM
They will put this guy in a cell with my dad. My dad is going to prison too. Someone take me for a short walk, my daddy makes me walk 5 hours a day so he can photograph pot holes and double parked ambulances.
leanbean March 16, 2012 at 09:32 PM
The guy had a plea deal offered to him. Where he would not serve any time. I don't know if it was his lawyer or himself that elected to turn it down. Now he can serve real time and have to chance of being deported on his release.Bubba will be waiting for him.
karen March 16, 2012 at 09:45 PM
I had shared with you last month the bullying my daughter had to edure by the staff of our public school system, therefore I can celebrate with the Clementi' s and although the guilty verdict will not bring back their son, I hope they can find some closure and hope someday there will be justice for my daugher.
Reverend Joseph A. Ianiro, Jr. DD March 16, 2012 at 10:33 PM
The sad thing is that Clementi didn't have to take his life yet even in 2012 college students still demonstrate anti-gay bias. Suicide is a leading cause of death for young people. Perhaps this verdict will show the world that a gay person must not be bullied and ridiculed as anyone different from ourselves shouldn't be bullied and ridiculed. If you bully you get punished. Perhaps then there will be less suicides. Clementi was a promising life that ended.....needlessly.
Harlan Consider March 16, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Where is all the outrage at the thousands of hidden spy cam videos of women undressed or having sex that are all over the Internet? Crickets. A spy cam of two men kissing, that is all, kissing, and there's calls for prison and deportation. The video didn't even go on the Internet. I'm not saying what Ravi did wasn't wrong, but let's have a little perspective here.
Reverend Joseph A. Ianiro, Jr. DD March 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM
There is no outrage of youtube of men's locker rooms of men undressing either. WHY? because people want to see women and men undressing and go to those sites to see them not to ridicule but to lust at that. This Clementi case is not that tho..this is a man that committed suicide over fear of being exposed as being gay after being spied on and not because his genitals were on youtube for the world to lust after. The outrage came after the result of the fear of being exposed as gay and not being exposed as in naked.
LivinLocal March 17, 2012 at 01:47 AM
The little perspective is a lost perspective - a time where one wrong wouldn’t be asked for balance with other wrongs. Ravi turned down a deal because his own arrogance saw no wrong in what he did. Now he may find himself becoming a cellmate’s girlfriend in a world where the values of decency, which he ignored, may be absent by nature.
Jack B Goode March 17, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Its also a terrible thing to lay on Ravi. There is no conclusive evidence that his action was the cause of Clementi's suicide.
Jack B Goode March 17, 2012 at 02:11 AM
I agree, what he did was wrong,but 10 years in jail? Some murderers do less time.
Reverend Joseph A. Ianiro, Jr. DD March 17, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Ah Jack That is the problem.....murderers do less time.
Ricky March 17, 2012 at 08:40 AM
""""what he did was wrong,but 10 years in jail? Some murderers do less time""" You seem to think you know what the judge will hand out even before it really happens. He won't be getting 10 years in jail. Reverend, I was hoping that you might make a comment on those religious leaders who are in part responsible for preachings that promote intolerance and create a stigma that's attached to same sex orientation which sometimes results in a tragedy by some youths who have trouble coming to terms with who they are.
Michael March 17, 2012 at 12:01 PM
The bias seems to have occurred when Clementi told his parents. Reports of them being less than thrilled when he came out. Little has been said of the predatory MB, almost twice his age, stalking him for months and swooping in as soon as he got to campus. The other bias incident that got a free pass was when Molly Wei dropped dime on Ravi. She was equally complicit and may have been even more lurid that Ravi by insisting to see the entire encounter. She gets off scott-free because she turned first. The whole incident is a complete tragedy. A boy is dead, a stalker is again free to roam and prey upon teens and Ravi faces 10 years in prison for a college prank.
Steve Kenny March 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Dory Degen March 17, 2012 at 02:58 PM
thank you Rev., well said. @ Jack B Good...ravi wasn't convicted of causing tyler's suicide. read the article again dude.
Jennifer March 17, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Our laws need to be in check with our technology. Ravi's actions played a role in the death of this young man.
Diane Schwarz March 17, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Karen, and all other parents of kids being bullied, I hope you know and have accessed the places to go for support! If you live in Bergen County, and you're daughter is being harassed for being gay, contact PFLAG of Bergen County (bergenpflag.org). I assume you've gone the route of school teacher, child study team member, principal, superintendent, BOE already. If her harassement is for other reasons, still follow the same route (even PFLAG) and you will get some support for yourself & your daughter. You might also call your town/district's state representative/senator, who will refer you to the person in charge of the bullying prevention program in your area! DON'T WAIT!!!
Iman March 17, 2012 at 06:32 PM
There are multiple tragedies in this story, without doubt. If you Google "New Yorker Magazine and Ravi" you will find the most comprehensive investigation of this story; one based on facts, not innuendo or hearsay. Ravi was wrong. Punishment is in order. The harm that today's technology can do must be countered with some level of deterrent. Homophobia is wrong as is bullying. Having said all that, if you read the article in the New Yorker what you come away with is sadness. Sadness that Ravi was so clueless, sadness that Tyler's family was not there for him and sadness for the way many of their generation are so self absorbed that they are incapable of perceiving hurt. Yet the greatest sadness is the way this poor young man's death was manipulated by the press, by politicians and by the media. Now two lives are ruined. It's easy to come down on one side or the other, it's a complicated story for sure.
karen March 17, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Didn't have anything with sexual orientation, the teacher/paraprofessionals were bullying her an aspect of her disability. been to principal, 3 directors of special services , 2 case managers, superintendent of special services, guidance counslors, and student assistance counclor, BOE, all swept it under rug happen 5 times over a 10 month period.
OHW March 17, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I'm curious why no one is talking about the other man in the case - M.B. - who trolled the Internet to find Tyler, carefully waited until he left home and started living in a dorm room and then hopped into bed with him multiple times. No wonder the young man Tyler was confused and depressed. M.B.is as much to blame for the result as anyone
Scondo March 18, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Borderline irresponsible in that the story unrefuted was that his mother rejected him and wasn't speaking to him after he revealed to her that he was GAY. His brother is GAY an mom supposedly unraveled when he told he that he too was GAY. He said his father was more accepting of it than mom. So if anyone should be called on the issue is the parent who does not follow the norm of natural affection, that is natural affection for your child, your spouse, your family. So Rev. maybe you should be talking to parents about how they should have natural affection for their children through all manner of things that the parent may not approve of. Drugs, alcohol, tattoos, sexual preferences. Don't try and lay this one off on bullying, no one is buying.
Reverend Joseph A. Ianiro, Jr. DD March 18, 2012 at 01:34 AM
"Reverend, I was hoping that you might make a comment on those religious leaders who are in part responsible for preachings that promote intolerance" I agree that some religions and political beliefs teach and/or perpetuate intolerance. While I condemned our Governor for vetoing same sex marriage, I chastised those who call him names for his weight... I believe "Christi Cream" is the popular derogatory remark. Name calling is a form of bullying and we adults tell children not to do it yet do it ourselves. We all must look at how we ourselves are responsible for intolerance and creating a stigma. Ravi didn't set up the camera to ridicule Clemente because he had red hair or wore glasses, but because he was having sex with another man and that to Ravi was in the "still gets laughs" category. Just because college kids act stupidly doesn't mean they are not responsible for their actions. Should we legalize hazing cause that's what college kids do?
Eric March 18, 2012 at 01:50 PM
This guy Ravi went out of his way to get this video of two men being intimate. He thought he had nothing to fear in terms of reper)cussions. Tyler wasn't going to beat him up and it doesn't seem like he had any reason to do something so spiteful other than the fact that the kid was gay. Ravi is a scumbag in training, a coward who thought he could get away with it. He should get some time in prison to think about it then be deported.
Papadopoulos Bachagaloop March 18, 2012 at 04:19 PM
@Bruce Knuckle- Ravi DID HAVE a "REAL jury of his peers." It is called, WE THE PEOPLE.
Papadopoulos Bachagaloop March 18, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Ravi hung himself with his own words, which he attempted to erase & cover up on his twitter & Facebook acc'ts. This is the proof that the jury decided to convict him with. Read the interviews from the jury, in their own words. His own words convinced the jury that his intent was to bully, intimidate, embarrass and cause him harm. Also, his lawyers failed him by having his PARENT'S FRIENDS testify that he had no hate in his heart for homosexuals....but NOT ONE OF HIS FRIENDS and/or PEERS CAME FORWARD TO TESTIFY TO THIS FACT.
Papadopoulos Bachagaloop March 18, 2012 at 04:52 PM
"M.B." is irrelevant to this case. Tlyer "trolled" the internet also to find other gays to meet. Tyler picked out "M.B." from a listing of gays who posted their photos and interest, hence, he liked what he saw and wrote about himself. Therefore, his age is irrelevant and the fact that he was on the internet is irrelevant, because Tyler was doing the same exact thing as "M.B." was doing..."trolling" a gay dating web site. Tlyer met with him in a public setting and liked what he saw and heard. How many men would bring their "date" home to meet the parents on the first date, especially a gay man ? None!! Hence, the meeting up in his dorm room.
Steve Kenny March 18, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Richard T. Seng June 24, 2012 at 08:16 PM
We all know now that Ravi only spent days in jail. I think he should have gotten more time. I wonder if Ravi has asked himself this question: If I did not do, what I did , I wonder if Tyler Clementi would still be alive? From all indications I thinki not.


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