Jury hears of apology in webcam spying case

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) ? Jurors have been read the text-message apology from a former Rutgers University student to the roommate he’s accused of spying on using a webcam.

A detective confirmed that the message was sent from the phone belonging to Dharun Ravi (dah-ROON’ RAH’-vee) to the one belonging to Tyler Clementi on Sept. 22, 2010.

That was the night Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge, just days after authorities say Ravi spied on Clementi’s intimate encounter with a man once and tried to do it again.

Ravi is on trial for 15 criminal charges, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation.

Jurors heard Wednesday that Ravi said he had put his computer to sleep so no one else would see an encounter and called the issue a “petty misunderstanding.”