Todd Richard Thomsen, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida building inspector, was arrested Friday after he was accused of looking at child pornography in the parking lot of a restaurant, news sources report. Thomsen, 54, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on three counts of possessing child pornography and one count of compiling child pornography. He was later released after posting $31,000 bail. It is unclear whether Thomsen has lined up a criminal defense lawyer .
According to reports, Thomsen works as a building inspector for the City of Fort Lauderdale. The city has since placed him on administrative leave as detectives investigate the allegations against him. So far, the city has not commented publicly on Thomsen’s arrest.
The incident reportedly occurred around 2:00 Friday morning in the parking lot of a restaurant in the 1200 block of State Road 84. Thomsen was in his car looking at images on his laptop, sources say. A witness on the scene looked through Thomsen’s window and saw what appeared to be child pornography on Thomsen’s laptop screen.
After the witness reported Thomsen, police inspected Thomsen’s laptop. They allegedly found a number of pictures depicting children between the ages of 10 and 12 involved in sexual situations. Thomsen reportedly told detectives that he was searching the web for “tiny little models.” Thomsen also allegedly told detectives that he has been using the internet to look up child pornography since December. It is currently unclear whether detectives located any additional illicit content on Thomsen’s laptop or inside his home.
In other news, Gabriel V. Gonzalez of Miami-Dade County was arrested Saturday after he allegedly used a fraudulent credit card to make a $3,000 transaction, reports indicate. Detectives later found six counterfeit credit cards in his possession, sources allege. Gonzalez, 35, was booked into police custody on charges fraud, credit card forgery, and grand theft. A judge ordered he be held on $7,000 bail. It is unclear whether he has hired legal representation.
According to reports, the incident occurred at West Marine Store, a boating shop located on US Highway 1 in North Palm Beach. Gonzalez was allegedly attempting to buy a GPS navigation system for $3,000 at the store. At the checkout, reports say Gonzalez used an American Express card with his name on it. A clerk at the store said the credit card “didn’t look right and was declined.” The clerk called the number on the back of Gonzalez’s card and was connected to an “adult party line,” reports say.
The clerk ended up alerting authorities. Upon arrival, police spoke with Gonzalez and found two more American Express cards in his pockets; both cards bore his name, sources say. Detectives also allegedly found a Discover card and two more American Express Cards, each baring Gonzalez’s name, in Gonzalez’s vehicle.
Detectives called the credit card companies and discovered that all six cards were either fraudulent or taken from stolen accounts. It is unclear whether Gonzalez manufactured the cards himself or if he purchased them on the black market. At this time, there is no indication that any other suspects have been arrested in connection with the purported fraud.