Dharun Ravi serves 20 days

Dharun Ravi in a yearbook photo.

Dharun Ravi was released June 19, 2012 from a Middlesex County jail after serving 20 days of a  30 day sentence. The sentence was in connection with the webcam spy case involving his gay college roommate, Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide after Ravi videotaped his encounter with another man in their Rutgers University dorm room. Tyler Clementi was an 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman who killed himself in September 2010 after discovering that his roommate had secretly used a webcam to stream over the internet his romantic interlude with another man.

Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge. The case has placed national attention on the victimization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.

In February 2012, Ravi, 20, went on trial at Middlesex Superior Court. He was charged with 15 counts, including bias intimidation — a hate crime that was based on the victim’s sexual orientation — and invasion of privacy. He was not charged in Clementi’s death.

On March 16, Ravi was found guilty on all counts. The jury concluded Ravi also tampered with evidence and a witness and hindered apprehension.

The jury found that he did not intend to intimidate Clementi the first night he turned on the webcam to watch. But the jury concluded that Clementi had reason to believe he had been targeted because he was gay. On one charge, the jury found that Ravi had known Clementi would feel intimidated by his actions. – Material from wire services was used to supplement this report.