Ravi Found Guilty in Webcam Spying Case
The sentencing for Dharun Ravi is set for May 21.
Dharun Ravi, 20, has been found guilty on all counts in the webcam spying case that has made national headlines for the past year.
Shortly after 11:30 a.m. Friday, the jury read the verdict, finding Ravi guilty on charges of bias intimidation, invasion of privacy, attempted invasion of privacy, tampering with physical evidence, witness tampering and hindering apprehension or prosecution, according to a report in the Asbury Park Press.
He was found guilty on four bias intimidation counts, but acquitted on some bias charges, NJ.com is reporting.
Ravi will be sentenced on May 21, according to the report.
The Associated Press reports that Ravi could face jail time or possible deportation to India, where he was born, despite living in the U.S. since his childhood.
The case made it to national headlines after Ravi allegedly used a webcam in September 2010 to spy on his former Rutgers University roommate Tyler Clementi.
Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge 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, identified as M.B., 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 deleted the tweets and was also convicted Friday of witness tampering and attempting to destroy evidence.
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 Ravi reportedly told a high school friend his webcam would 'keep the gays away'.
Ravi has not been charged with causing Clementi's death, but the memory of his roommate has hung heavy over the nearly two-week proceedings, which featured testimony from 30 witnesses.
The jury was made aware of the suicide, but prosecutors were not allowed to insinuate that the spying led directly to Clementi's death, the Associated Press reported.
Ravi's attorneys painted his actions as foolish, but not criminal, claiming their client was acting like a kid and not a homophobe.
No comments were given by Ravi, his family, or his attorneys on Friday as they were escorted from the court room.
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."