Broward County

Accused Southwest Ranches child-porn Tweeter pleads not guilty, posts bond

Bruce Muehlfelder, charged with 31 counts of child pornography possession and accused of posting child pornography images to Twitter
Bruce Muehlfelder, charged with 31 counts of child pornography possession and accused of posting child pornography images to Twitter Davie Police Department

A Southwest Ranches man charged with 31 counts of possessing child pornography bonded out of Broward County Jail and pleaded not guilty this week.

Davie police say Twitter posts of child pornography started the investigation that ended with the arrest of 62-year-old Bruce Muehlfelder, who posted his $155,000 bond Monday.

Police say Twitter sent five cybertips to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children of images posted to a Twitter account. All five cybertips came from Twitter accounts that traced to the AT&T U-Verse IP address assigned to Muehlfelder’s home account. The images, according to the arrest affidavit’s description by Davie Detective Adam Granit, showed children ranging from ages 7 to 15 naked and/or performing sexual acts on other children or adults.

“It should be noted that a check for an open wireless connection was conducted in the area of the residence and there were no open wireless connections,” Granit wrote.

When police executed a search warrant at Muehlfelder’s home in the 16500 block of Southwest 61st Street July 28, Granit wrote just “a preview” of what they found on the hard drives, flash drives, CDs and DVDs were “30 images of child pornography” with children “ranging in age from infants to teenagers.” One of the flash drives even was labeled “pre-teen,” police claim. Printed child pornography photos were found as well as children’s clothing, the affidavit said. Neither Muehlfelder nor his wife have children.

Muehlfelder has no criminal record in Florida nor any record of sexual offenses in his native Illinois. He has lived in Broward County for 15 years, according to the booking report.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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