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Roommate Hit With Bias Charge In Rutgers Suicide

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PISCATAWAY, NJ (CBS) – A North Jersey teen is charged with a hate crime stemming from the suicide last September of his roommate at Rutgers University.

The 15-count indictment smacks charges of bias intimidation on Dharun Ravi — saying he invaded the privacy of the 18-year-old with whom he shared a dorm — knowing the freshman would be intimidated because he was gay.

Tyler Clementi jumped off a bridge to his death after authorities say Ravi spied on his sexual encounter with another man and posted it online.

Steven Goldstein is chairman of the civil-rights group Garden State Equality.

“We believe the book should be thrown at Mr. Ravi for a heinous, heinous crime,” Goldstein said.

The bias charge carries a five-to-10 year prison term. Ravi’s lawyer has said the webcam stream was viewed only on one computer and did not show the men having sex.

In a statement, Clementi’s family calls Ravi’s alleged acts “cold” and “calculated” and says they’re eagerly awaiting justice for their son.

Reported By Ian Bush, KYW Newsradio

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