Anchorage man who claimed loyalty to ISIS enters guilty plea

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (KINY) - Gavin Lee Casdorph, 21, pled guilty to charges he made threats to detonate several bombs across the campus at Lafayette College.

    Casdorph posed as a radicalized Lafayette College student and used the handle "BdanJafarSaleem" on Twitter and posted that he planned to bomb multiple locations on campus.

    The posts also pledged allegiance to ISIS and included an image of the ISIS flag as well as a photograph of several firearms.

    The post included the captain, "Allah has graced us with these weapons of destruction to carry out his needs."

    He also allegedly sent emails to members of the admissions staff with similar threats and images.

    Law enforcement said they quickly determined the bomb threats were a hoax but noted the incident did cause a tremendous amount of anxiety on campus.

    "Making false threats online isn't some harmless good.  It's selfish, short-sighted and criminal," said Michael J. Driscoll, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Philadelphia Division.  "The FBI takes all threats to life seriously, and so should anyone sitting behind a keyboard or staring into their phone, contemplating posting one."

    President of Lafayette College, Alison Byerly said law enforcement did a great job in solving this case, "While the threats made against the campus in 2018 were determined to be a hoax, their impact on our students, faculty and staff were very real.  The conclusion of this matter provides our community with much needed closure."

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