May 21st, 2012
12:55 AM ET

Deportation, 10 years in jail possible for convicted ex-Rutgers student

Dharun Ravi could face 10 years in prison and be deported to his native India when he is sentenced Monday for spying on and intimidating his gay Rutgers University roommate, who then killed himself by jumping off New York's George Washington Bridge.

The September 2010 death of Tyler Clementi, and Ravi's trial earlier this year, thrust the issue of cyberbullying and prejudices against homosexuals into the national spotlight.

Clementi, an 18-year-old freshman, plunged to his death in the Hudson River after learning that Ravi had secretly spied on his sexual encounter with another man.

In the months that followed, President Barack Obama released a videotaped message condemning bullying, while New Jersey legislators enacted stricter laws to protect against it in schools.

Ravi, who was studying on a visa at the New Jersey university at the time of the incident, turned down a plea deal offered by Middlesex County prosecutors.

Under the terms of that offer, he would have avoided jail time in exchange for undergoing counseling, doing 600 hours of community service and disposing any information that could identify the man who appeared in the Web video with Clementi.

Prosecutors also offered to help him avoid deportation, though they said they could not guarantee it.

That set the stage for the trial, during which prosecutors argued that Ravi tried to embarrass Clementi because he was gay and that his actions were motivated by a desire to intimidate the Ridgewood, New Jersey, native expressly because of his sexual orientation.

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  1. ♚Mmmmm♛

    ...this conviction is as crazy as sending a woman to jail for shooting a wall for 20 years...where are these finding these backwards jurors and judges?

    May 21, 2012 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Betsy McLaughlin

      This guy should be put in the can for at least ten years!! In america we are tolerant. This is not Indian medieval culture. This is not IIT. This is Rutgers.

      May 21, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Watson

      If you don't like it in America go back to India. remember, it is a privilege to be in USA.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. devans

    Dogma, causes such ignorance. Does any one study at all about hormones brain development, chemistry and family relationships, ie. identification with other humans? I guess not, we all just take what we are feed and run with our self rightiouness'es, projecting it onto everyone else. 'If you have no "sin" throw the first stone.'

    May 21, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. Painful truth

    What bothers me about this is C N N describing it as “spying.” It was a shared common living space, and there’s nothing wrong with surveilling your own living space. It’s called a security camera. Notice they passed a law AFTERWARDS, so it wasn’t illegal at the time. The only reason this has media traction is because the supposed “victim” was a h0m0 sechshual.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. breed11

    Sending him to jail will be a waste of tax payer money. Just deport him back to India, that will be punishment enough and let's move on.

    May 21, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • T-Bone Thakur

      No.He needs to face American justice. Indians need to understand one thing...when they come to America they follow American rules, laws and values NOT hindu bigotted culture.

      May 21, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ross Simon

    If this the quality of educated class in India...they should stay back in india. We don't want them here.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Parker

    It is indeed unfortunate when our society looks upon the type of behavior displayed by Ravi as a prank. The judge evidently doesn't realize the ramifications of handing down such a soft penalty for this sick act.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Betsy Rosenfeld

    Another Indian gift to American society. Send these clowns back to their medieval culture

    May 22, 2012 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. Watson

    These Indians are killing Americans in America and then expect to be treaded gently. What gives?

    May 22, 2012 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. Theresa Williams

    Shame on Indians. Send them back to the slums in india

    May 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. At first glance

    It was stupid and got out of hand. Still doesn't justify the vitriol being poured on "these Indians" in this forum.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |