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COURT NEWS College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn Enters Guilty Plea to Dozens of Child Pornography Distribution Charges, Sentenced to 30 years
UPPER MARLBORO, MD – The former mayor of College Park pied guilty to Go counts of distribution of child pornography, 40 counts of possession of child pornography, and 40 counts of possession of child pornography with the intent to distribute. Patrick Wojahn pleaded guilty in court to 150 years suspended all but 30 years.
In February 2023, the Prince George’s County Police Department received notification from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that suspected child pornography had been distributed by someone in the county. Subsequently, the Department opened an investigation, which led to Wojahn, who now stands convicted on a host of child pornography charges.
“This is a horrific case,” said State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy. “I am truly pleased that Mr. Wojahn has pied 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. I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to our police department and national partners for their diligent work and relentless efforts in investigating and pursuing the leads that brought us to this point. Our children are both precious and vulnerable, deserving of the utmost protection. The tragedy of them being preyed upon in cases like this cannot be understated. 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 had been mayor of College Park since 2015 before being arrested. Wojahn resigned from his position as mayor in March before his arrest. Prior to being mayor, he served on the city council.
Prosecutor Braveboy says the Democrat Mayor of College Park pled guilty to ‘horrendous crimes.’
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COLLEGE PARK, MD. – The sexualization of children at school libraries has become a raging debate as parents are horrified that politicians have been allowing drag queen shows and pornographic books for children in school libraries. Child pornography distribution has infected government offices and increasingly results in arrests and convictions of government officials.
Maryland politicians in recent years have pushed agendas in various ways, both heterosexual and homosexual, with innovative criminal investigative efforts in Maryland and nationally resulting in arrests and convictions. Amazingly, several recent investigations revealed that several involved were using their government computers and emails for their secretive criminal conduct.
One miscreant surreptitiously videoed young boys who, along with their fathers, were loaned his hunting cabin, resulting in the indictment of former Republican States Attorney and Caroline County Circuit Court Judge Jonathan Newell. Judge Newell disappeared from official duties for several weeks as child pornography charges were investigated, and he subsequently committed suicide when a joint federal-state arrest squad surrounded his home. The Judge swallowed a hard drive when his acts were initially discovered, and he was taken to a hospital for an x-ray and to recover the evidence.
Greenleaf appealed to get his law license back!
The former Chief Clerk for the Maryland Supreme Court and former Caroline County States Attorney Robert Greenleaf attempted to have the court restore his law license in 2014 following his conviction as a child sex offender. Following three years of court actions after he was discovered to have been soliciting sex from who he believed were minor females, the Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Deputy Clerk, Robert John Greenleaf, was disbarred. Greenleaf is not on the Maryland Sex Offender Registry.
The decision of Cambridge Mayor Andrew Bradshaw, a Republican rising star, to spread nude photos of his ex-girlfriend on the internet resulted in his indictment and conviction on five counts of revenge porn distribution and his resignation. Bradshaw entered a plea deal and was sentenced to one year in jail and released on April 18, 2022, the same day he was sentenced to probation for three years. Bradshaw is not on the Maryland Sex Offender Registry.
A Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney charged with possessing and distributing child pornography in 2016 has been sentenced to jail.
Patrick Michael Moran, 40, entered a plea deal with Baltimore County States Attorney Scott Shellenberger on April 26, 2017, with a guilty plea by Moran on May 31, 2017. The deal called for ten years in prison with nine years suspended, leaving only one year in the local Baltimore County jail for Moran to serve. Moran is on the Maryland Sex Offender Registry.
A top Governor Larry Hogan’s Administration official used his government computer for child pornography transactions. Mathew Palmer, 44, of Severna Park, Maryland, pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography. At the time of the conduct, Palmer held positions with the Maryland state government, including Deputy Legislative Officer for the Maryland Governor’s Office and Chief Operating Officer with the Maryland Department of Commerce.
On March 2, 2023, a politically prominent Maryland mayor who is openly gay and twice elected to the office of Mayor of College Park is in the slammer awaiting a bail hearing. College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn, a frequent guest of President Joe Biden at the White House and who has paled around with Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, is facing hundreds of years in prison for allegedly distributing child pornography well as having thousands of images of children in his possession. Buttigieg is also openly gay and married to a man with whom he has adopted two children. According to many posts on social media by Wojahn and the City of College Park, he and Buttigieg have long been acquainted through various conferences with the National League of Cities.
The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Child and Vulnerable Adult Abuse – Internet Crimes Against Child Unit reported on March 2, 2023, that they arrested a College Park man for possessing and distributing child pornography. The suspect is the Mayor of College Park, Md., 47-year-old Patrick Lewis Wojahn (DOB 08/23/1975), of 5015 Lackawanna Street, College Park, Maryland.
On February 17, 2023, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children notified the PGPD that a social media account operating in the county possessed and distributed suspected child pornography. The image and videos were uploaded to the social media account in January of 2023. Through various investigative techniques, PGPD investigators discovered that the social media account belonged to Wojahn.
On February 28, 2023, PGPD detectives served a search warrant at Wojahn’s College Park home. Investigators recovered multiple cell phones, a storage device, a tablet, and a computer. Following additional investigation, PGPD Detective J. Spicer obtained criminal charges against Wojahn, and investigators took him into custody on March 2, 2023.
Wojahn is charged with 40 counts of possession of child exploitative material and 16 counts of distribution of child exploitative material and was ordered by District Court Commissioner Christian Aviles, held without bail in the Prince George’s County Jail pending a bond hearing on March 3, 2023, which was delayed until March 6, 2023. A preliminary hearing is set for March 31, 2023, before District Court Judge Katina Self Steuart. Judge Steuart was appointed to the bench in 2014 by Democrat Governor Martin O’Malley after working for ten years as an assistant States Attorney in Prince George’s County.
Attorney David H. Moyse of Wheaton, Md, is listed in court records as representing Wojahn.