Police outside a JCC
Police outside a JCCReuters

A St. Louis man accused of making eight bomb threats against Jewish institutions pleaded guilty to cyberstalking charges on Tuesday, JTA reports.

Juan Thompson, 32, also pleaded guilty in a U.S. District Court in Manhattan to a charge of conveying false information and hoaxes.

Thompson originally denied the charges in New York City federal court in April. But prosecutors said last week that Thompson would enter a guilty plea when he appears in court.

The cyberstalking charges are for eight threats against Jewish community centers and the Anti-Defamation League, which federal prosecutors say were copycat crimes during a wave of nearly 150 bomb threats to Jewish institutions during the first three months of this year.

Nearly three weeks after Thompson’s arrest, an Israeli-American teen was arrested in Israel for allegedly making the bulk of the threats.

In Thompson’s case, the government collected evidence from about two dozen laptops, tablets and cellphones seized from his home.

Thompson insists he had no anti-Semitic beliefs and was being framed as a black man. Prosecutors allege that the JCC bomb threats were part of a larger plot to take revenge on an ex-girlfriend.

He was arrested March 3 over the threats, which carry a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.