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.