Disgraced former journalist Juan Thompson pleads guilty to cyberstalking, anti-Semitic threats in revenge against ex

Juan Thompson pleads guilty to cyber stalking and making hoax threats.

— -- St. Louis native and disgraced former journalist Juan Thompson pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of cyber stalking and one count of making hoax bomb threats as part of his campaign to harass and intimidate a woman with whom he had a past relationship, according to the United States Attorney's Office Southern District of New York.

Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim announced in a statement that Thompson admitted to communicating at least 12 threats to Jewish Community Centers and other organizations in a woman's name, identified as Victim-1.

“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. "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."

If convicted, Thompson can face a maximum of five years in prison for cyber stalking and five years in prison for making hoax threats.

According to details in the press release, Thompson, 32, started his month-long campaign to harass Victim-1 in July 2016 after she ended their relationship.

"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," added the statement.

In an effort to make it seem as though Victim-1 was trying to frame Thompson, Thompson also made some of the threats in his own name, according to the statement.

The email's reference to "Jewish newtown" appeared to be in regards to the December 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that resulted in 26 deaths.

In addition to using his name in emails, Thompson also sent a tweet on Feb. 24, 2017 that tried to further prove his point that Victim-1 was attempting to frame him.

On Feb. 26, 2017, Thompson's Twitter account also tweeted, "The hatred of Jews goes across all demos. Ask NYC’s [Victim-1’s employer]. They employ a filthy anti-Semite in [Victim-1]. These ppl are evil."

Thompson was originally arrested by the FBI in St. Louis on March 3 in connection to the anti-Semitic threats.

After his arrest, his former employer, online news site The Intercept, released a statement: "We were horrified to learn this morning that Juan Thompson, a former employee of The Intercept, has been arrested in connection with bomb threats against the ADL and multiple Jewish Community Centers in addition to cyberstalking. These actions are heinous and should be fully investigated and prosecuted."

The Intercept added that Thompson had been fired in January 2016 for fabricating sources and quotes in his articles.

Thompson is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kevin P. Castel on September 15.

ABC News' Aaron Katersky contributed to this report.