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Rutgers student Dharun Ravi found guilty of hate crimes in Tyler Clementi webcam suicide case (UPDATES)


A memorial to Tyler Clementi at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., on Oct. 1, 2010.



Dharun Ravi, a 20-year-old former Rutgers University student, was found guilty Friday for hate crimes and for invading his late roommate Tyler Clementi's privacy. 

CNN had originally reported Friday that Ravi was found not guilty on several charges of bias intimidation, but now reports that he was found guilty of all counts.

However, ABC News reported that he was not convicted on some subparts of the 15 counts he was on trial for. But he only needed to be found guilty on one part of each count to be convicted, ABC said.  He faces up to 10 years in prison. Because he is not a US citizen, he could also be forced to leave the country.

In 2010, when Ravi and Clementi were both college freshmen, Ravi secretly spied on Clementi with a webcam while Clementi was kissing another man. Clementi later committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. The case has sparked outrage among anti-bullying and gay-rights groups. 

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The case is also credited with inspiring Dan Savage's popular "It Gets Better" campaign, which aims to help teenagers who are bullied because of their sexual preferences.

But Ravi was not actually charged for Clementi's death, the New York Times reported. Instead prosecutors had accused Ravi of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, tampering with evidence and a witness, and hindering apprehension, the Times said.

The Times noted that the case is unique because the jurors were forced to go into both Clementi's and Ravi's heads in order to determine if Clementi felt intimidated, and also if Ravi was biased against gay people. The court attempted to resolve such questions by having jurors read old text messages and online messages that the roommates had sent. 

A lengthy New Yorker profile of the case from February reported that Ravi had texted Clementi an apology for the webcam spying. In the text, Ravi also told Clementi that he had no problem with the fact that he was gay. But at that point, Clementi had already jumped to his death.