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Opening statements start in New Jersey for Tyler Clementi webcam spying trial

BY GEOFF MULVIHILL, ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- A prosecutor says a former Rutgers student charged with using a webcam to spy on his roommate's intimate encounter with another man was troubled to learn that he'd be living with a gay man.

Opening statements began in the trial of 19-year-old Dharun Ravi. He faces 15 criminal counts, including invasion of privacy, bias intimidation and charges that allege he tried to cover his tracks.

The case touched off a national discussion about bullying of young gays after Ravi's roommate Tyler Clementi killed himself in September 2010, days after the alleged spying.

Prosecutor Julia McClure told jurors Friday in her opening statement in Ravi's trial that he began telling friends he was unhappy to have a gay roommate soon after he got his first-year housing assignment from Rutgers in August 2010.

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