Former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi has been sentenced to only 30 days in jail for using a webcam to record and live-stream roommate Tyler Clementi's sexual encounter with another man in September 2010. The 18-year-old Clementi completed suicide only three days later.
The sentence includes three years of probation, 300 hours of community service, a $12,000 fine and mandatory counseling on "cyber bullying" and "alternate lifestyles," reports the Star-Ledger. The 20-year-old Dharun Ravi faced up to 10 years in prison and deportation to his native country of India.
Both sides will appeal the sentence, according to reports.
Ravi was convicted of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness tampering and other charges on 16 March. During the trial, witnesses testified that Ravi not only positioned the webcam toward Clementi's bed, but attempted to stream a second encounter and invited students to a "viewing party" Skype and Twitter. Text messages showed that Ravi told friends that he was "creeped out after" watching the encounter and said, "Keep the gays away."
Clementi took his life on September 22, 2010 by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. Ravi was not charged in Clementi's death.