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Deferred prosecution sought for Harvard student

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BOSTON >> A Harvard University student accused of making a bomb threat to get out of a final exam may avoid federal prosecution.

The U.S. attorney’s office asked a judge to defer Eldo Kim’s prosecution to allow him to undergo a pretrial diversion program. The arrangement requires the 21-year-old to serve four months of home confinement, pay restitution to agencies that responded to the alleged threat, complete 750 hours of community service and publicly apologize.

Federal prosecutors announced Friday they charged Kim in what’s called a criminal information with emailing several bomb threats to offices associated with the university nearly 10 months ago. He previously was charged in a criminal complaint.

The government would drop charges if the court agrees to defer Kim’s prosecution and he successfully abides by all the terms of pretrial diversion.

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