Hate crime: Dharun Ravi gets 30 days jail term for webcam spying

Dharun Ravi

Indian American student Dharun Ravi was on Monday sentenced to 30 days in jail by a US judge on hate crime charges for using a webcam to spy on a homosexual roommate who later committed suicide, terming his behavior "cold, calculated and methodically conceived".

Ravi was also hit with three years probation, 300 hours of community service, a $10,000 fine and counseling on cyber bullying and "alternate lifestyles".

Judge Glenn Berman at Middlesex County Superior Court in New Brunswick, New Jersey pronounced the sentence against the 20-year-old former Rutgers University student for bias intimidation and invasion of privacy charges for the 2010 episode involving his roommate Tyler Clementi.

The case generated a heated nationwide debate on cyber bullying and treatment of gays and lesbians.

Ravi had faced a maximum of 10 years behind bars for his conviction.

Berman called Ravi's behavior "cold, calculated and methodically conceived". He said he did not believe Ravi hated roommate Tyler Clementi, but believed he acted "out of colossal insensitivity".

"I haven't heard you apologise once," Berman told Ravi, who made no statement.

Ravi will begin his sentence on May 31, a media report said.

Ravi was not charged with causing Clementi's death. He also faced possible deportation, but the judge said he would not recommend so.

Ravi was convicted in March of 15 charges including invasion of privacy, bias intimidation and evidence tampering for spying on his roommate, Clementi, 18, with a webcam while he was with another man. Days later, Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge.

Earlier, the judge denied the defence's motion for acquittal and a new trial today.

Ravi's mother broke down sobbing after she pleaded for leniency in her son's sentencing.

The father of Tyler Clementi told a judge that the former Rutgers student who was convicted earlier this year of bias intimidation for using a webcam to spy on his Clementi, deserves punishment.

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