Dharun Ravi, convicted of spying on gay roommate Tyler Clementi, finally apologizes
Former Rutgers student will begin serving 30 day jail sentence this week in case that resulted in Clementi's suicide
When Judge Glenn Berman sentenced former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi to 30 days in jail spying on his roommate’s encounter with another man with a webcam, he said to Ravi: ‘I haven’t heard you apologize once.’
That apology finally came on Tuesday (29 May) when Ravi issued a public apology and announced that he would begin serving his sentence on Thursday.
‘I accept responsibility for and regret my thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish choices that I made on Sept. 19, 2010, and Sept. 21, 2010,’ Mr. Ravi said in a statement. ‘My behavior and actions, which at no time were motivated by hate, bigotry, prejudice or desire to hurt, humiliate or embarrass anyone, were nonetheless the wrong choices and decisions. I apologize to everyone affected by those choices.’
Ravi was convicted in March of spying on Tyler Clementi’s encounter with another man with a webcam. Clementi jumped to his death off of the George Washington Bridge after discovering he had been spied on and discussed on Twitter by Ravi with other students.
The 20-year-old Ravi had faced up to 10 years in prison after he was found guilty of bias intimidation, invasion of privacy, and tampering with evidence. Bias intimidation is a hate crime based on the fact that Clementi was gay.
Ravi did not address the court before the sentencing and was scolded by the judge who said: ‘I heard this jury say, ‘guilty’ 288 times–24 questions, 12 jurors. That’s the multiplication. I haven’t heard you apologize once.’
In addition to the jail time, Ravi was also ordered to complete 300 hours of community service and to attend counseling programs for cyber-bullying and alternative lifestyles.
He must also pay $10,000 to the probation department with the money going to victims of bias crimes.
Because he remains a citizen of India, Ravi could face deportation. The judge has recommended that he not be deported but it is not his decision.