Saturday 5 August 2023

Democrat Ex-Mayor Pleads Guilty To 140 Counts Of Child Porn, Facing Decades Behind Bars

 The Democrat ex-mayor of College Park, Maryland, pleaded guilty to 140 counts related to child pornography possession and distribution in a deal that stipulates the former politician serve 30 years in prison.

Patrick Wojahn pleaded guilty Wednesday to 60 counts of distribution of child pornography, 40 counts of possession of child pornography, and 40 counts of possession of child pornography with the intention to distribute, a press release from Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office said.

“This is a horrific case,” said Aisha Braveboy, state’s attorney of Prince George’s County. “I am truly pleased that Mr. Wojahn has [pleaded] guilty and accepted responsibility for his actions and these horrendous crimes.”

“As a former elected official, the College Park community put its faith and support in him to serve each resident and their best interests. Instead, he let them down in a most disgraceful way,” Braveboy continued.

“Our children are both precious and vulnerable, deserving of the utmost protection,” the statement said. “The tragedy of them being preyed upon in cases like this cannot be understated.”

Braveboy added, “I want families in Prince George’s County to rest assured, that we will continue to exhaust every possible effort to ensure their safety and well-being.”

Wojahn, who is openly gay, served as a city council member for eight years before serving as mayor of College Park. He resigned from his position in March, preceding his arrest.

“On February 28, 2023, a search warrant was executed on my residence as part of an ongoing police investigation. I have cooperated fully, and will continue to cooperate, with law enforcement,” Wojahn wrote in his resignation letter. “I am stepping away to deal with my own mental health.”


The Prince George’s Police Department (PGPD) announced in March that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children had notified them that a social media account operating in the county possessed and distributed suspected child pornography. “Through various investigative techniques, PGPD investigators discovered the social media account belonged to Wojahn,” the department announced.

PGPD detectives served a search warrant at Wojahn’s College Park home on February 28, the statement said. “Investigators recovered multiple cell phones, a storage device, a tablet and a computer,” PGPD noted. It was additionally reported that Wojahn’s Kik account with the child porn videos used the handle “skippy_md.”

At the time, Wojahn was charged with 40 counts of possession of child exploitative material and 16 counts of distribution of child exploitative material.

Wojahn’s official sentencing is set for November 20.

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