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Harvard student due in court on campus bomb hoax charge

BOSTON –  Eldo Kim, a 20-year-old student at Harvard University who, according to the FBI,  was trying to get out of a final exam, has been charged with making bomb threats that led to the evacuations of four campus buildings Monday. He is due in court today.  

Kim allegedly sent emails saying bombs had been placed around campus to Harvard police, two university officials and the president of the Harvard Crimson newspaper, according to a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. attorney's office.

CBS Boston reports in the email Kim allegedly wrote: “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 on Harvard's campus in Cambridge, just outside Boston, were shut down for hours before investigators determined there were no explosives. One of the buildings that were searched was a freshman dormitory; classes are held in the other three.

Harvard said in a statement it was "saddened" by the allegations in the federal complaint but would have no further comment on the ongoing criminal investigation.

An FBI affidavit filed Tuesday says Harvard determined Kim had accessed TOR, a free Internet product that assigns a temporary anonymous Internet protocol address, using the university's wireless network.

The affidavit  also says Kim told an agent on Monday night he had acted alone and sent the messages to five or six Harvard email addresses he picked at random.

Kim's LinkedIn profile says he is an undergraduate scholar at Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences. The institute's website says he is a research assistant who has worked for a professor analyzing partisan taunting. The profile also said he writes for the Harvard International Review and dances as a member of the Harvard Breakers.

The maximum penalties for a bomb hoax are five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, prosecutors said.

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