One week after federal charges for making online threats against the LGBT community were dropped against Craig Jungwirth, he has pled guilty to two second degree misdemeanors in Broward County. He was sentenced to a year’s probation, and ordered to undergo a mental health assessment.
Jungwirth had been held in Broward County Jail the past month for violating the conditions of his bond on charges of defrauding an innkeeper, having failed to complete a pretrial diversion program, and getting arrested on a new charge while out on bond on a pending case. He had served 128 days in custody, most recently on a no bond hold due to the now-closed federal indictment.
Represented by his counsel, Ron Baum, Jungswirth pled open before the Honorable Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren. She adjudicated him guilty on both cases, ordering him to serve two consecutive terms of six months probation, requiring he see a private psychologist or court licensed mental health expert, and fulfill whatever treatment plans they so outline.
In each of the two cases, the victim was an establishment owned by Wilton Manors entrepreneur Nick Berry. The first case, in 2015, dealt with Jungwirth’s absconding from the Courtyard Cafe without paying his full bill. A second unrelated charge of criminal mischief was filed in 2016 after Jungwirth defaced the windows at Rumors with paint. As a condition of his plea, Jungwirth will have to make nominal restitution to the establishment as well.
Additionally, the court ordered Jungwirth to have no contact with any of the businesses in person, via the Internet or any means of social media. “You understand,” Judge Lerner-Wren told the defendant, “this is a critical part of this plea?” He answered, “Yes.” Weighing significantly less than the 280 pounds he had months ago, Jungwirth remained stoic and silent throughout the hearing, except to change his plea, admitting he was guilty, competent, and understood the terms and conditions of his sentence.
Despite the plea agreement placing him on probation, to be served in Orlando, where he now resides, Jungwirth may not get out of jail for at least another week or so. While in custody, a civil court judge issued a ‘writ of bodily attachment’ against him, with a no bond hold.
This separate civil case involves a petition for a civil restraining order requested by a local businessman, Jeff Black, who had been unable to serve process on Jungwirth. The effect of this writ requires him to be brought to court and served. Now set for January 19, when he is receives those papers, the judge assigned that case may potentially impose other judicial restrictions upon Jungwirth.
While Jungwirth first came to the attention of the LGBT weekend as the proprietor of the failed Beach Bear Weekend, he came to notoriety last fall when he supposedly made an online threat to launch a “Pulse like massacre in South Florida.” It led to a federal indictment, dropped only a week ago when the US attorney’s office acknowledged they could not prove up the charge and authenticate he was the author.