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Suspect in Rutgers webcam spy case rejects plea deal that called for no prison
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) ' The former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's intimate encounter with another man has turned down a plea deal that would have kept him out of prison and sought to prevent his deportation.
Dharun Ravi's lawyer told a judge Friday that his client would proceed to trial, set for Feb. 15.
The judge says the state offered a deal with no prison time that would include community service, probation and counseling. Ravi's attorney, Steven Altman, also says the state agreed to help Ravi if federal authorities sought to deport him. Ravi is in the U.S. legally, but is not a citizen. It is unclear where he's from.
It's not clear what the charges were under the plea agreement.
The judge says he would accept a plea until jury summonses are sent out in January.
Ravi has pleaded not guilty to 15 criminal counts, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation.
The alleged spying happened in September 2010, days before Ravi's roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide. The suicide touched off a national discussion about the bullying that young gays can face.