New Middletown man pleads guilty to threatening Jewish Community Center

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While searching his house in 2019, police said they found automatic weapons and Nazi propaganda

Police arrested a man in New Middletown Saturday that they said made a perceived threat toward a local Jewish Community Center.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A New Middletown man accused of making threats against the Jewish Community Center pleaded Wednesday in federal court.

James Patrick Reardon, 22, entered guilty pleas in the U.S. Northern District Court of Ohio before U.S. Judge Patricia Gaughn to charges of transmitting a threatening communication and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Sentencing is set for 11:30 a.m. Sept. 22 before Judge Gaughan.

Reardon has been in the Mahoning County Jail since an Aug. 17, 2019, search of his home prompted by an online threat against the Jewish Community Center on Gypsy Lane.

The warrant was served after authorities learned about a video he posted online in July 2019, in which they say he threatened the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown.

The video has screams and sirens as background noise and shows Reardon holding a gun, investigators say. They say the caption identifies the man holding the gun as “local white nationalist Seamus O’Rearedon.”

Seamus is a nod to Reardon’s Irish heritage, authorities say.

In the video, which was taken at a shooting range and later edited to include the sirens and screams, Reardon is holding an MP-40 submachine gun.

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