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Dharun Ravi found guilty of hate crime, privacy invasion

Indicted on 15 counts, including bias, intimidation, tampering with evidence, and hindering apprehension

India-born former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi was on Friday found guilty by a U.S. court of hate crime and invasion of privacy for spying on his roommate's gay sexual encounter in 2010.

Ravi (20) was charged in a 15-count indictment including bias, intimidation, tampering with evidence and hindering apprehension.

The jury in the New Jersey court found Ravi not guilty on certain sub-parts of some of the charges, but guilty of all 15 counts as a whole.

He faces a possible 10-year prison sentence for being guilty on the bias, intimidation charges, which is a hate crime. He could also be deported to India.

The sentencing of Ravi has been set for May 21.

Ravi was charged with invading the privacy of 18-year-old Tyler Clementi when he used a webcam to watch him kiss another man on September 19, 2010.

He had then sent text messages to some of his other friends inviting them to watch the sexual encounter.

Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge on September 22, 2010, just days after the webcam footage became public.

The verdict by the New Jersey court was announced by jurors comprising five men and seven women aged between 20 to 70 years who deliberated for a total of about 11 hours over the last three days.

Ravi sat expressionless, shaking his head a little, as the jury read out the verdict. After the judge dismissed the jury from the court, Ravi looked towards his father and his lawyers.

The case generated immense international interest as it threw light on issues of cyber-bullying and treatment of young gays and lesbians.

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