February trial set in Rutgers spycam case

Tyler Clementi

October 20, 2011 9:03:31 AM PDT
The former Rutgers student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's intimate encounter with another man has turned down a plea bargain.

The deal would have meant Dharun Ravi would have served no more than five years in prison.

His lawyers put the offer on the record Thursday before a judge set a Feb. 21 trial date.

The 19-year-old faces 15 charges, including bias intimidation and invasion of privacy.

Ravi could face 10 years in prison if a jury convicts him of bias intimidation, which is a hate crime.

Prosecutors his roommate Tyler Clementi killed himself days after learning about the spying. The suicide touched off a national conversation about bullying of young gays.