Disgraced former journalist Juan Thompson pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of cyberstalking and one count of making hoax bomb threats to harass and intimidate a woman he dated, according to the United States Attorney's Office Southern District of New York.
Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said in a statement that Thompson admitted to communicating at least 12 threats to Jewish Community Centers and other organizations in that woman's name.
“Fueling fear and distress, Juan Thompson made fake bomb threats to over a dozen Jewish Community Centers and organizations around the country," said Kim in the statement, according to ABC News. "As he admitted today in pleading guilty, Thompson made these threats as part of a cruel campaign to cyber stalk a victim with whom he previously had a relationship. Thompson’s threats not only inflicted emotional distress on his victim, but also harmed Jewish communities around the country."
Thompson faces up to five years in prison for cyber stalking and five years in prison for making hoax threats.
"For this, I deeply apologize,” he said in court on Tuesday, according to CBS News. Thompson said he committed his crimes "to disrupt my ex-romantic partner's life and cause her great distress."
Thompson, 32, started his month-long harassment spree in July 2016 after the woman ended their relationship. That month, according to ABC, Thompson sent an email to his ex’s employer, making false allegations that she had broken the law. He also falsely reported that his ex possessed child pornography.
"Thompson also made at least 12 hoax threats targeting JCCs, organizations that provide service to and on behalf of the Jewish community, schools, and police departments," the statement said.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) received email threats to their Manhattan office in February 2017 that claimed Thompson’s ex was behind the bomb threats. Thompson also made some of the threats in his own name, according to the statement, in an attempt to make it look like his ex was framing him.
Thompson even tweeted,“[S]he, though I can’t prove it, even sent a bomb threat in my name to a Jewish center, which was odd given her antisemitic statements. I got a visit from the FBI. So now I’m battling the racist FBI and this vile, evil, racist white woman."
Thompson was arrested by the FBI on March 3 in connection to the anti-Semitic threats. He is scheduled to be sentenced in September.
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