NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - An Old Dominion University student is facing a terrorism charge after police say he made threatening comments.
Campus police arrested 20-year-old Tyler Bergeron earlier this month, and say he was conspiring to commit an act of terrorism.
An incident report in March shows ODU students reported Bergeron was acting strange and making terrorist threats on campus. Bergeron's attorney Bill Taliaferro says after these reports ODU police stopped him on campus for questioning
"I can see why the school was concerned," Taliaferro said. "I don't have any problem with that. I think they acted appropriately."
Investigators say they searched his apartment and found a journal in which he claimed he was a domestic terrorist.
Taliaferro said his client suffers from bipolar disorder and willingly went to a mental facility after being arrested.
"I don't think he's a terrorist," Taliaferro said. "I believe he is simply someone suffering from a mental illness who had relapse who is now stabilized."
He bailed out Thursday on a $50,000 bond.
"He's on bond back with his family in Northern Virginia," Taliferro said. "He has some severe restrictions such as curfew, he has to submit to drug testings, he has to maintain his medications, and he can't be around any weapons of any kind."
On his Facebook page, Bergeron describes himself as a "Warrior Kingdom of God," and a musician of a group called Bio Rythmz.
Bergeron will be in court again May 20 for a preliminary hearing.
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