The Democrat mayor of College Park, Maryland, was booked into jail Thursday morning with accusations that he is possessing and distributing child pornography.
Patrick Wojahn, 47, a pro-LGBT activist who lists pronouns (“he/him/his”) on his Twitter bio and has backed leftist initiatives, reportedly left his former position of mayor shortly before his initial detainment. In his letter of resignation, the former mayor explained that in his view, “it is in the best interests of our community that I step aside and not serve as a distraction.”
Prince George’s County Police Chief Malik Aziz commented that it was “disturbing” for a publicly elected official to potentially be guilty of such a heinous crime.
“People count on public officials. People who are supposed to be honest and trustworthy… and have a high degree of integrity.”
The PGPD has issued Wojahn charges for 40 counts of possession of child exploitative material and 16 counts of distribution of child exploitative material. He is currently staying at Prince George’s County jail.
According to a report posted to Twitter by Sierra Fox of Fox 5 Washington DC, Wojahn used the social media website Kik to post and spread child pornography. It also stated that investigating police found that Wojahn utilized his government email as a recovery contact for his Kik account.
Upon being asked about the allegations, a man reported to be Wojahn’s neighbor commented, “it’s sickening… but… the world is sick right now.” He also indicated he was not surprised by the charges, opining, “he seemed a little weird.”
🚨 COLLEGE PARK MAYOR ARRESTED 🚔
47-year-old Patrick Wojahn is charged with 56 counts of child pornography. According to court documents, he used the social media messenger app @Kik to upload & distribute inappropriate photos and videos.
DETAILS HERE➖ https://t.co/T5ee9R5apr pic.twitter.com/lBphzHtncC
— Sierra Fox (@thesierrafox) March 3, 2023
Police in Prince George’s County found out about Wojahn’s alleged activities after they received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on Feb. 17.
The Mayland mayor was notably mentored by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, according to a report published by Washington Blade, a self-proclaimed “LGBTQ News Source” of the United States.
“I actually met Mayor Pete Buttigieg shortly after I was elected mayor in 2015. I went to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in D.C. in January, and he was assigned to be my buddy,” Wojahn said.
The two reportedly discussed the plights of being an openly gay mayor and reconvened numerous times after they first became acquainted.
“I now serve in a leadership role as vice chair of city livability and bicycling in part due to his mentorship,” Wojahn explained at the time.