Published: Tue, June 27, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Louis Man Pleads Guilty to Making Bogus Bomb Threats

Louis Man Pleads Guilty to Making Bogus Bomb Threats

A disgraced former journalist pleaded guilty in a NY federal court on Tuesday to calling in fake bomb threats to at least a dozen Jewish Community Centers as a part of a weird revenge campaign against an ex-girlfriend.

Juan Thompson, 32, of St. Louis pled guilty to one count of cyberstalking and another charge of conveying false information and hoaxes.

At one point, Manhattan Federal Judge P. Kevin Castel conducted routine questioning to determine whether Thompson was competent to plead guilty.

To view the full article, register now. "Thompson's threats not only inflicted emotional distress on his victim, but also harmed Jewish communities around the country", Kim said.

Thompson was charged in March with making threats to Jewish centers in New York, California, Michigan and Texas that some had depicted as part of a wave of anti-Semitism in the aftermath of the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.

As part of a plea deal, (PDF) the government promised Thompson a sentencing range of 37 to 46 months.

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In addition to making threats to religious institutions, Thompson also sent emails to his former partner's employer, only identified as a social worker in Manhattan, that contained claims the woman was in possession of child pornography.

The organizations Thompson threatened included a Jewish museum in NY and the Anti-Defamation League, according to a criminal complaint in Manhattan federal court. She received an anonymous email with nude photos of herself and a threat to release them to the public, the complaint said. The company got anonymous faxes saying she was anti-Semitic.

Thompson made some threats in his own name and then accused his ex-girlfriend of framing him, and made other threats posing as her, prosecutors said.

Since January, there have been more than 150 bomb threats against organizations nationwide. "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.

The Intercept fired Thompson past year because he "fabricated sources and quotes in his articles".

Thompson will go before a judge for sentencing later this year.

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