A former Rutgers University student has been convicted of a “hate crime” for using a webcam to spy on his roommate’s love life.
Dharun Ravi, 20, had no comment Friday after the jury found him guilty on a variety of charges including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation based on sexual orientation.
Prosecutors said Ravi set up a webcam in his dorm room in September 2010 that captured 18-year-old Tyler Clementi kissing another man. They say Ravi then tweeted about it, and tried to spy on the pair again.
Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge a few days after learning he had been watched.
The case raised awareness of cyber bullying and harassment of gays. It helped spur New Jersey lawmakers to enact an anti-bullying law.
Ravi will be sentenced May 21. Legal experts say he could get 10 years in prison and might be deported to his native India.