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by Mia Cathell

The gay-activist Democrat mayor of College Park, Maryland, who has branded himself as something of a role model for LGBTQ youth, was arrested Thursday morning on dozens of counts of possessing and distributing child pornography, totaling 56 child sex offenses.
47-year-old Patrick Lewis Wojahn, a regular White House guest and the first openly gay man to take mayoral office in his city, is charged with 40 counts of possession of child sexual exploitative material and 16 felony counts of distribution of child porn.
Wojahn, who ran for mayor in 2015 following eight years of service on the city council “to help College Park realize its unfulfilled promise of becoming a top-tier college town,” was busted after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) notified the Prince George’s County Police Department on Feb. 17 that images and videos of child sexual abuse were uploaded in January to a social media account operating in its jurisdiction. PGPD investigators soon discovered that the account in question belonged to Wojahn, according to a press release issued Thursday by the police department. PGPD detectives served a search warrant Tuesday at Wojahn’s home in College Park, where investigators recovered multiple cell phones, a storage device, a tablet, and a computer before the mayor was handcuffed Thursday by the police department’s Internet Crimes Against Child Unit.
As journalist Andy Ngo reported, Wojahn used to have the Instagram username and Twitter handle, “Patrick4CP,” his re-election tagline, Patrick for College Park. Child pornography is often abbreviated as “CP” by child predators searching for it online.
The mayor is now in the custody of the Department of Corrections and is due to appear in court for a bail-review hearing Friday afternoon and a preliminary hearing at the end of the month on March 31. The criminal investigation remains “open and active.”

Pride flag hanging at Wojahn’s residence where the search warrant was executed

Wojahn has since submitted a letter of resignation, stating he has and will continue to “cooperate fully” with law enforcement.
“While this investigation does not involve any official city business of any kind, it is in the best interests of our community that I step aside and not serve as a distraction…” Wojahn wrote Thursday in the memo posted to the city of College Park’s official site.
“Many of you have already reached out with well wishes and thoughts, and I am eternally grateful. I am stepping away to deal with my own mental health,” Wojahn stated, adding: “I ask that you continue to keep me and my family in your prayers.”

Wojahn’s letter of resignation

The city of College Park—ranked one of America’s top LGBTQ-inclusive cities and home to the University of Maryland—released its own statement on Wojahn’s resignation that was submitted Wednesday night, “thanking” the mayor “for his many years of dedicated service.” This year, College Park received a perfect 100 on its Municipal Equality Index scorecard from the gay-lobbying group Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which doled out extra credit for the city’s openly LGBTQ elected leaders.
In 2020, city leadership publicly celebrated the first time it earned a perfect score, with Wojahn declaring that “College Park aims to be a welcoming community for all, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.” The rating, which the mayor “worked for several years to achieve,” “recognizes our true commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity,” Wojahn stated.
LGBTQ allies in the city had claimed that Wojahn “faced homophobia” on the 2019 campaign trail when a mayoral challenger rejected Wojahn’s efforts to make College Park more LGBTQ-friendly as an agenda she said was “totally against” her Christian beliefs. “We find strength in our diversity,” Wojahn responded in a post-victory interview with the Washington Blade, self-dubbed “America’s LGBTQ New Source.” Wojahn added during the discussion: “And the residents of College Park understand that.”

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