Dharun Ravi, the Rutgers University student who spied on Tyler Clementi as he was having a sexual encounter with a man, has agreed to plead guilty to attempted invasion of privacy.
The charge is one of the original 15 counts he faced in his 2012 trial.
According to the New York Times, by accepting the third-degree felony state prosecutors will drop all other charges.
Last month, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Newark dropped Ravi’s 2012 conviction of bias intimidation, invasion of privacy, and tampering with evidence as well as other charges.
The appeals court opinion is based on a 2015 New Jersey Supreme Court ruling last year that the state’s bias-intimidation law was unconstitutional. The evidence presented on the bias charge ‘tainted the jury’s verdict on the remaining charges,’ the judges argued in their opinion.
During last week’s hearing, prosecutors noted they disagreed with the appeals court’s ruling. However, they added the state would more than likely lose if the case was tried again.
In 2010, Ravi spied on Clementi’s dorm room encounter with another man; he then used Twitter to discuss, with friends, on the webcam. After discovering what was happening, Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge.
After his first trial, Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in a county jail and released after 20 days due to good behavior.
Joe and Jane Clementi, who started the Tyler Clementi Foundation to combat bullying, released a statement after last week’s developments:
‘We have learned a lot through this process of pleas, convictions, time served and appeals,’ the Clementis said, according to the New York Times. ‘We learned at the trial that what happened to Tyler was a lot worse than what was initially related to us.
‘We have learned that our legislators need to make constitutionally valid and clear laws,’ the statement continued. ‘And we have learned that witnesses or bystanders need to become upstanders for those in our society like Tyler, who cannot stand up for themselves.’
Steven D. Altman, Ravi’s lawyer, told the newspaper he would file a motion to have his client’s criminal record erased. Ravi, who is from India, could then apply for United States citizenship.
‘He just wants to disappear,’ Altman said.