Lawyer: Student in Webcam Case Didn’t Mean to Spy
By GEOFF MULVIHILL
HADDONFIELD, N.J. – A lawyer for a former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate’s intimate encounter with another man says in newly filed legal papers that prosecutors got it all wrong and that the case should be dropped.
Nineteen-year-old Dharun Ravi faces 15 charges, including bias intimidation and invasion of privacy, in the case that’s been linked to roommate Tyler Clementi’s suicide last September.
The filing says Ravi accidentally caught Clementi on camera with another man but immediately shut it off. The filing says Ravi has “no problem” with homosexuality and only turned on the camera because he was concerned the man Clementi had over might steal Ravi’s iPad.
Clementi’s suicide sparked a national discussion about how harassment of young gays can lead to suicide.