The Democrat mayor of College Park, Maryland, who has served for eight years as the mayor of the town, has officially resigned after being slammed with charges of close to 56 counts of possession and distribution of child pornography.
As the openly gay mayor of College Park who has lived alongside his husband, Dave Kolesar, in the town for close to 17 years, Patrick Wojahn worked as a city council member for an additional eight years prior to serving as the town’s mayor.
“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,” expressed the Police Department for Prince George’s County late last week. “The image and videos had been uploaded to the social media account in January of 2023. Through various investigative techniques, PGPD investigators discovered the social media account belonged to Wojahn.”
“On February 28, 2023, PGPD detectives served a search warrant at Wojahn’s College Park home,” PGPD went on. “Investigators recovered multiple cell phones, a storage device, a tablet and a computer. Following additional investigation, PGPD obtained criminal charges against Wojahn and investigators took him into custody early this morning.”
“Wojahn is charged with 40 counts of possession of child exploitative material and 16 counts of distribution of child exploitative material,” finished PGPD. “He is in the custody of the Department of Corrections.”
“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 as part of his letter of resignation. “I am stepping away to deal with my own mental health.”
Police officials read his Miranda Rights but he chose to officially waive them, Police forces explained to the court. They stated that Wohan expressed to investigators that the Kik account holding the illegal content, “skippy_md,” was actually owned by him.
The City of College Park put forth its own statement in the wake of the resignation being tendered by Wojahn, stating, “Last night, after business hours, Mayor Patrick L. Wojahn submitted his letter of resignation as Mayor of the City of College Park, effective immediately on March 2. Mayor Wojahn has served in this position since 2015 and on Council since 2007. The City of College Park thanks Mayor Wojahn for his many years of dedicated service.”
“I have been an advocate — for civil rights for all people, for a sustainable environment, and for stronger communities,” explained Wojahn as part of his 2021 campaign website, adding, “I have the skills and experience to make College Park a better place to live.”