Apology Rejected As Dharun Ravi Starts Jail [VIDEO]
The former Rutgers student convicted of using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate has reported to Middlesex County jail, and the victim's family is speaking out for the first time about his apology and 30-day jail sentence.
The parents of Tyler Clementi say the apology issued by Ravi was "no apology at all" but a "public relations piece."
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Joseph and Jane Clementi say Ravi had a chance to express remorse during sentencing but instead issued a press release days later. The Clementis also say they are troubled by the judge's decision not to impose jail time for the bias crimes for which Ravi was convicted.
Statement From Dharun Ravi
"Last Monday, I was sentenced to 3 years probation, 300 hours of community service, a fine of more than $10,000.00, and 30 days in jail. Since the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office appealed that sentence, the sentence does not have to start until the appeal is decided. Nevertheless, I decided to accept and hopefully
complete the sentence as soon as possible. It's the only way I can go on with my life.
I accept responsibility for and regret my thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish choices that I made on September 19, 2010 and September 21, 2010. My behavior and actions, which at no time were motivated by hate, bigotry, prejudice or desire to hurt, humiliate or embarrass anyone, were nonetheless the wrong choices and decisions. I apologize to everyone affected by those choices. I am surrendering myself to the Middlesex County Correctional Facility on Thursday, May 31, 2012, to start my 30-day
period of imprisonment."
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