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December 18, 2013

Student charged in Harvard bomb hoax

BOSTON — A Harvard student was named yesterday in a criminal complaint alleging that he was responsible for Monday’s bomb threats at Harvard University.

It is alleged that Eldo Kim, 20, of Cambridge, emailed several bomb threats to offices associated with Harvard University, including the Harvard University Police Department and the Harvard Crimson, the student-run daily newspaper. Kim will have an initial appearance today in US District Court before United States Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein.

According to the complaint, on Dec. 16 at approximately 8:30 a.m., the Harvard University Police Department, two officials of Harvard University, and the president of the Harvard Crimson, received identical email messages bearing a “subject” line that read “bombs placed around campus.” The complaint alleges that the bomb threats specified four buildings — the Science Center, Sever Hall, Emerson Hall, and Thayer Hall.

The complaint quotes the email messages as stating the following: “shrapnel bombs placed in science center, sever hall, emerson hall, thayer hall, 2/4. guess correctly. be quick for they will go off soon.”

The buildings named in the threatening emails were evacuated and over the course of the next several hours, bomb technicians and hazmat officers conducted sweeps of each of them and ultimately concluded that no explosive devices had been placed in any of the four buildings

The maximum penalties under the bomb hoax statute, are five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

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