Dharun Ravi has been found guilty of thirteen of the fifteen charges leveled against him including the intimidation of Tyler Clementi because he is gay. The only charges that Ravi was not found guilty on were those relating to the intimidation of the man that Clementi met for his tryst. Ravi was found guilty of hate crimes, and that is a big verdict. The verdict is important in that it sets a precedent regarding the intimidation of LGBT individuals.
Clementi committed suicide by jumping off of the George Washington Bridge after Ravi had been spying on him repeatedly at their Rutgers University dorm. Ravi was found guilty of invasion of privacy, witness tampering, tampering with evidence, and several other crimes. Ravi declined to take a plea deal in this case, and instead decided to risk going to a jury. Both the woman who watched the video stream with Ravi and the man Clementi met for the tryst testified.
Ravi now faces 10 years in prison and deportation from the United States. He is a citizen of India.
Ravi’s lawyer, Steve Altman, tried to paint Ravi as someone who was trying to impress others rather than a cyberbully who targeted his roommate because he was gay. This was the biggest issue that the prosecutors had to contend with as they did not have a lot of evidence with regards to that charge. Still, the jury found him guilty on the charges of bias intimidation. They did not find bias intimidation in the charges against the man Clementi met for the tryst likely because Ravi did not know the man directly.