US student webcam spy gets 30 days jail

2012-05-21 22:39

New York - An Indian immigrant college student convicted of illegally filming his gay room mate on a webcam received a big break on Monday when a judge sentenced him to just 30 days behind bars, not the possible 10 years.

Dharun Ravi, who shared the webcam footage with friends in his dormitory at Rutgers University in New Jersey, had also faced possible deportation, but the judge said he would not recommend this.

The case sparked a national debate over cyber bullying when the room mate, apparently distraught in part over the embarrassment of the broadcasting of his gay sexual encounter, committed suicide days later.

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