New Jersey man makes first court appearance in Evergreen State College threats

A New Jersey man made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon for accusations of making threatening calls to Evergreen State College after protests there last month attracted national attention.

Morris County prosecutors say 53-year-old Robert Kerekes Jr. was arrested Monday night. The Morris Plains man faces potential charges of making terroristic threats, criminal coercion and causing false public alarm.

The potential charges stem from telephone threats made against Evergreen State College June 2, which caused the school to be shut down for two days.

A spokesman for the prosecutors office said Kerekes Jr. was released from custody but will have to periodically check in with probation officers, have no contact with the Olympia college or its associates, give up his right to possess a weapon, and undergo a mental health evaluation. 

Kerekes Jr.'s attorney Brian Neary said his client does not have a weapon, but the condition of not possessing a weapon remains in place.

The state of New Jersey started a new bail system this year, where traditional bail is no longer the way it works, the spokesman said. Defendants are usually held without bail or released under specific conditions. 

Kerekes Jr. is due in court again August 14. 

Authorities say the threats came after a series of protests over student claims of racism at the small progressive campus.

 

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