Self-described white nationalist Ohio man pleads not guilty

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Published on August 19, 2019 - Duration: 01:11s

Self-described white nationalist Ohio man pleads not guilty

Attorneys for James Reardon entered not guilty pleas in an Ohio court on Monday.

Twenty-year-old Reardon was arrested Saturday in New Middletown, Ohio on charges that he threatened to attack a local Jewish community center.

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Twenty-year-old James Reardon, a self-described white nationalist, appeared in an Ohio courtroom on Monday on charges that he threatened to attack a local Jewish community center.

Attorneys for James Reardon pled not guilty to the charges.

The 20-year-old was arraigned in municipal court in Struthers, Ohio, by video link from a county jail in Youngstown, Ohio on charges of aggravated menacing and online harassment, the Mahoning County Court Clerk's Office said.

The judge confirmed a bail bond of $250,000.

Reardon was arrested on Saturday in his hometown of New Middletown, after investigators found a social media post in which he appeared to threaten the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, according to a statement from the Youngstown Area Jewish Foundation.

Television station WYTV in Youngstown reported that a local police chief said Reardon "declared himself a white nationalist" and that he participated in the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.

The attack Reardon was allegedly planning would have come amid two other mass shootings that authorities claim to have thwarted in Florida and Connecticut in recent days, and follow three other shooting sprees since late July that took 34 lives.

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