Suspect in Tyler Clementi Webcam Spying Case Opts for Trial
Dharun Ravi turned down a plea deal in the Tyler Clementi suicide case.
The former Rutgers student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's intimate encounter with another man has turned down a plea deal.
Dharun Ravi's lawyer told a judge today that his client will proceed to trial, set for Feb. 15.
The judge says the state offered a deal with no prison time that would include community service, probation and counseling. Ravi's attorney, Steven Altman, also says the state agreed to help Ravi if federal authorities sought to deport him. Ravi is in the U.S. legally, but is a citizen of India.
The judge says he would accept a plea until jury summonses are sent out in January.
Ravi has pleaded not guilty to 15 criminal counts, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation.
The alleged spying happened in September 2010, days before Ravi's roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide. The suicide touched off a national discussion about the bullying that young gays can face.
Published at 12:55 PM EST on Dec 9, 2011
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