Dharun Ravi, whose use of a webcam to secretly record his roommate at Rutgers led to the roommate’s suicide, has been convicted on 15 charges, including bias intimidation and invasion of privacy.
In 2010, Ravi streamed footage of his roommate, Tyler Clementi, having a sexual encounter with another man and documented his recording via Twitter. Clementi leapt from the George Washington Bridge the next day. Clementi’s was one of a rash of LGBT suicides around the same time, and was one of the primary catalysts of the “It Gets Better” project and renewed focus on protecting LGBT students from harrassment and bullying.
Ravi now faces up to 10 years in prison and possible deportation to India. According to the Associated Press, “Prosecutors were not allowed to argue directly that the spying led to his death; defense lawyers were barred from saying there were other reasons he killed himself.” Ravi is expected to be sentenced in May.