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Ex-journalist to plead guilty in anti-Semitic threat case

Juan Thompson, the ex-journalist charged with making threats

Juan Thompson, the ex-journalist charged with making threats against Jewish community centers as part of a cyberstalking campaign against his ex-girlfriend, is expected to plead guilty next week in federal court in Manhattan, prosecutors said Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Photo Credit: AP

Juan Thompson, the ex-journalist from St. Louis charged with making a series of anti-Semitic threats against Jewish centers as part of a cyberstalking campaign against his ex-girlfriend, will plead guilty in Manhattan federal court next week, according to a court filing Tuesday.

In a letter to U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel, prosecutors indicated a guilty plea would be entered Monday, but they did not specify the charges.

Thompson was indicted in March on one count of cyberstalking.

Thompson, 32, was accused of making at least eight threats against Jewish community centers in New York City, Michigan, California and Texas that initially were thought to be part of a wave of anti-Semitism loosed by President Donald Trump’s campaign last year.

But prosecutors said his threats, often naming an ex-girlfriend, were part of bizarre campaign to smear her.

Thompson had previously been fired by The Intercept, an online news site, for fabricating stories.

A lawyer for Thompson did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Tuesday.

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