Man accused in Jewish center video threat pleads not guilty

Man accused in Jewish center video threat pleads not guilty
This undated photo provided by the Mahoning County Sheriff's Office shows James Reardon Jr. Police say Reardon, accused of making what they believe was a threat to a Jewish center in Ohio on Instagram, was arrested Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, on telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing charges. (Mahoning County Sheriff's Office via AP)

STRUTHERS, Ohio (AP) — A 20-year-old Ohio man has pleaded not guilty to threatening a Jewish community center in a video police say shows him shooting a rifle.

A judge near Youngstown set bond at $250,000 for James Reardon on Monday and ordered him to stay away from Jewish churches and organizations if he is released from jail.

Police arrested Reardon, of New Middletown, Saturday on telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing charges.

New Middletown police say he posted a video on Instagram last month of himself shooting a semiautomatic rifle.

The video included sounds of sirens and screaming with the caption: “Police identified the Youngstown Jewish Family Community shooter as local white nationalist.”

Police say they found weapons and anti-Semitic information at his home.

A message seeking comment was left with his attorney.