Former Rutgers student who spied on gay roommate released from jail
Dharun Ravi was released from Middlesex County jail in North Brunswick, New Jersey, on Tuesday (19 June) and will not have to worry about being deported to his native India.
The 20 year old, convicted of spying on his gay roommate and another man while a student at Rutgers University, served 20 days of a 30 day sentence in the high-profile case. The roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide after Ravi discussed what he saw on the webcam with friends on Twitter.
Because he remains a citizen of India, Ravi could have faced deportation and a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. But the judge in his case decided on the 30 day sentence and had recommended that he not be deported.
Although the judge did not have jurisdiction over the deportation aspect of the case, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement spokesman Ross Feinstein said in a statement that Ravi would not face deportation because of his criminal record.
Ravi has lived in the US since the age of five and is in the country legally. He was found guilty in March of bias intimidation, invasion of privacy, and tampering with evidence.
He will remain on probation for three years, must perform 300 hours of community service and attend counseling programs for cyber-bullying and alternative lifestyles.
Ravi must also pay $10,000 to the probation department with the money going to victims of bias crimes.