Ex-Rutgers student convicted of bullying roommate is released
Dharun Ravi is seen at his trial on May 21.
June 19th, 2012
09:24 AM ET

Ex-Rutgers student convicted of bullying roommate is released

[Updated at 9:36 a.m.] A former Rutgers University student convicted of spying on and intimidating his gay roommate - who later committed suicide - was released from jail Tuesday morning after serving a 30-day sentence, according to the warden of the Middlesex County Office of Adult Corrections.

Ravi was found guilty in May on all counts including invasion of privacy, witness tampering, hindering apprehension and bias intimidation.

His former roommate, 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, killed himself by jumping off New York's George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River in 2010 after learning Ravi had secretly recorded Clementi's intimate encounter with another man.

While Ravi could have been sentenced to 10 years in prison, New Jersey Superior Judge Glenn Berman instead gave him a 30-day jail sentence, three years of probation and must complete 300 hours of community service aimed at assisting victims of bias crimes.

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  1. saywhat

    Life would never be the same for Ravi.
    He is not being deported but that is not much of a solace. He would always face the accusing eyes of those who find him guilty and unpunished. And that is punishment in itself

    June 19, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • American_Fury

      Oh I think Ravi will be just fine. This matter will be forgotten in a few months and people on the street won't even recognize him. Good Luck Ravi!!

      June 19, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Austin

    I'm sorry, but this is not enough. This young man did things that are morally appalling, even if this roommate was straight. He is basically a murderer and he should serve his time.

    June 19, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. Chakra Charlie

    "assisting victims of bias crimes"? Seriously? That judge is not the sharpest tool in the shed.
    It's like asking a child-rapist to "assist victims of child-molestation" – why do such a thing?
    They should deport him to some country where his insanity will blend right in. Not here. We don't need his sort here.

    June 19, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. logic

    lol.. this article is about a boy receiving charges of bias intimidation and people say what he did is not nice because the kid was gay.. however two comments already have said something about ravi "being deported." america is full of hypocritical idiots.

    June 19, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rascal Rabble

    welcome back! ravi...gays are like turtles eggs having been declared by federal mandates an endangered species...next time apply for a permit by wildlife and fisheries before video taping...

    June 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |