Indian-American student charged with sex, hate crimes in webcam spying case

Indian-American student charged with sex, hate crimes in webcam spying case

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New Jersey:  A 19-year-old Indian American student has been charged with hate crimes against his gay roommate.

Dharun Ravi has been charged with secretly using a webcam in September 2010 to film his roommate Tyler Clementi kissing a male friend in his room. Clementi found out  about this, complained to college authorities,  and committed suicide.

The case sparked a national conversation about bullying of young gays after the roommate committed suicide in September 2010.

Dharun Ravi is charged with bias intimidation, invasion of privacy and hindering prosecution.

The Star-Ledger reports that the judge says he caught mistakes in the hindering charges. One was a lower grade than it should have been, and two were higher.

Prosecutors are asking to upgrade the one that was too low. But the judge says it might not be fair to make Ravi pay for a mistake he caught.

Jury selection for Ravi's trial is scheduled to begin February 21.

(with AP inputs)
Story First Published: February 09, 2012 17:19 IST

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