Juan Thompson, Suspect Behind Several Jewish Center Bomb Threats, Denied Bail

Court denies bail to Thompson, accused of making at least eight threats toward Jewish community centers, schools and a museum, on grounds that he may still target Jewish sites or individuals upon temporary release.

In undated image from BRIC TV video, Juan Thompson, sits on panel as a journalist in New York, during discussion about racism.
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Juan Thompson, the disgraced journalist allegedly behind at least eight bomb threats against Jewish sites, was reportedly denied bail by a federal judge on Monday.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, U.S. District Judge David Noce said that allowing the 32-year-old released on bond would “not reasonably assure the court that he will not endanger the safety of any other person or the community.”

Noce also rejected Thompson’s request for house arrest and GPS monitoring, claiming that staying at his mother’s St. Louis-area home, where many of his alleged threats originated, would not prevent him from making further threats, while GPS monitoring would also fail to prevent him from similar behavior.

Thompson will remain in jail until his possible indictment and trial.

Thompson, a former journalist for The Intercept who was fired for fabricating stories, was arrested two weeks ago for the threats in an apparent attempt at harassing an ex-girlfriend.

Nearly 100 more bomb threats targeting Jewish institutions remain unaccounted for, and several additional waves of threats have targeted Jewish sites throughout North America since Thompson’s arrest.