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Same sex case: Rutgers varsity Indian American teen pleads not guilty

New Brunswick (New Jersey, India) , Tue, 24 May 2011 ANI
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New Brunswick (New Jersey, India), May 24 (ANI): A former Indian American Rutgers student who was accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's same-sex encounter, has pleaded not guilty to 15 charges including bias intimidation, invasion of privacy and evidence tampering.

 

It was the first court appearance for 19-year-old Dharun Ravi, the main suspect in the crimes allegedly committed against Tyler Clementi, a fellow Rutgers freshman who killed himself days after the alleged spying.

 

His death sparked a nationwide conversation about bullying against young gays.

 

Ravi, of Plainsboro, was silent throughout the court appearance, which lasted less than 10 minutes.

 

Clementi's parents and brother sat in the back of the courtroom for the brief hearing.

 

Ravi wore a dark suit and appeared to bite his lower lip as a chorus of cameras clicked his photo.

 

Lawyer Steven Altman entered a not guilty plea for Ravi and waived having the indictment against him read in court.

 

The most serious charges he faces are bias intimidation, which can be punished by up to 10 years in prison. To be found guilty of that crime, a jury would have to be persuaded that Clementi believed he was being targeted because he was gay. (ANI)

 

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