A disgraced former journalist for The Intercept on Tuesday admitted to cyberstalking his ex-girlfriend and making bomb threats in her name to Jewish community centers and organizations around the country in an effort to cause her "great distress".
Juan Thompson, 32, entered his plea Tuesday (June 13) before U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan federal court.
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The threats led to evacuations and sent a chill through local Jewish communities. Under a deal he cut with prosecutors, he will likely face no more than 46 months in prison - and as little as 30 months.
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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.
Thompson had originally pleaded not guilty on April 10.
Juan Thompson, 31, was suspected in at least eight bomb threats against community centers in Michigan, Texas, California and NY.
The FBI complaint says Thompson threatened institutions including the ADL, JCCs in San Diego and New York City, schools in New York and MI, and a Jewish history museum in New York City.
Her boss received an email purporting to be from a national news organization saying that she'd been pulled over for drunken driving, officials said.
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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. Thompson also made further claims on email and social media, including a fake Twitter account, claiming the woman was behind the bomb threats. 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 government collected evidence from about two dozen laptops, tablets and cellphones seized from Thompson's home.
Under the terms of his plea agreement, Thompson is likely to serve a much shorter term at his sentencing on September 15.
Thompson, a former reporter for The Intercept, was busted in March for terrorizing Jewish institutions around the country - including in New York City - as part of a twisted plot to harass at his Brooklyn ex-girlfriend after she dumped him.
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