Ex-journalist pleads guilty in Jewish threats case

Warren County Sheriff's Department in Warrenton Mo. shows Juan Thompson of St. Louis. Thompson accused of threatening Jewish organizations as a way to harass his ex-girlfriend pleaded guilty Tuesday June

Warren County Sheriff's Department in Warrenton Mo. shows Juan Thompson of St. Louis. Thompson accused of threatening Jewish organizations as a way to harass his ex-girlfriend pleaded guilty Tuesday June

A former journalist charged with calling in bomb threats to U.S. Jewish centers as part of a plot to get revenge on his ex-girlfriend has pleaded guilty to cyberstalking and making hoax threats.

Juan Thompson, appearing composed and saying he was contrite, also pleaded guilty to inducing fear through hoaxes involving bomb threats that he tried to attribute to the former girlfriend, a social services worker from Brooklyn who has not been named. In each instance, he would use the name of his ex.

The organizations Thompson threatened included a Jewish museum in NY and the Anti-Defamation League, according to a criminal complaint in Manhattan federal court.

Authorities traced Thompson to this and other threats to other Jewish targets in Manhattan, San Diego and MI.

For example, officials said in early February a JCC in Manhattan received an email bomb threat that read, "Juan Thompson put two bombs in the office of the Jewish center today".

From January to March, more than 150 bomb threats were reported against Jewish community centers and day schools in 37 states and two Canadian provinces, according to the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish group that battles anti-Semitism. She received an anonymous email with nude photos of herself and a threat to release them to the public, the complaint said.

Thompson admitted he made the threats "to disrupt my ex-romantic partner's life" and cause her distress.

Prosecutors say that the ADL had to evacuate its NY office a day later when it received a call from someone using a voice disguiser from an untraceable number, who warned that C-4 would be "detonated within one hour". "He wants to create Jewish newtown tomorrow". They said one message claimed he had placed two bombs in a Jewish school and was "eager for Jewish Newtown", a reference to the 2012 school massacre in CT.

He faces up to 10 years in prison and will be sentenced on Sept 15th.

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