Feds file criminal charges over mosque threat

By the Associated Press | June 21, 2012 | 2:35 PM EDT

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a Texas man with threatening to bomb a mosque being built in Tennessee on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Two indictments were filed Thursday in Nashville against 24-year-old Javier Alan Correa of Corpus Christi.

Authorities said in a release that Correa is accused of calling the mosque in Murfreesboro last September and leaving an expletive-riddled message that said there would be a bomb in the building on 9/11.

Correa also is charged with violating the civil rights of the members of the mosque by using a threat of force to interfere with the free exercise of religious belief.

The mosque has been at the center of a fierce debate since 2010. Opponents recently prevailed in a court case that challenged its construction.