Indictment against US student who filmed gay roommate

A US 19-year-old has been indicted on hate-crime charges for using a webcam to capture a gay encounter involving his roommate, who later committed suicide.

Washington: A US 19-year-old has been
indicted on hate-crime charges for using a webcam to capture a
gay encounter involving his roommate, who later committed
suicide.

Dharun Ravi was originally charged in September 2010,
after his Rutgers University freshman roommate Tyler Clementi,
18, killed himself by jumping into the Hudson River.

But a newly released indictment by a grand jury in the
northeast state of New Jersey adds charges that could result
in a 10-year prison sentence.

The 15-count indictment includes charges of bias,
invasion of privacy with the purpose to intimidate because of
sexual orientation, tampering with evidence and witness
tampering.

"Under state law, bias is charged a degree higher than
the underlying crime, in this case, invasion of privacy,"
county prosecutors said in a statement.

"The defendant has also been charged with two counts
of second-degree bias and two counts of third-degree bias. A
second-degree offense carries a prison exposure of five to 10
years," they added.

Grand juries in the United States work behind closed
doors and issue indictments if probable cause exists. Criminal
trial juries must find guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to
convict a defendant.

The case had been the latest in a string of suicides
by gay and lesbian youth and sparked a campaign against
bullying.

PTI