47-year-old Patrick Wojahn, a College Park, Maryland Credit: P.G. County Police Department

The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Child and Vulnerable Adult Abuse – Internet Crimes Against Child Unit has made an arrest in a child pornography case.

On February 17, 2023, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children notified the PGPD that a social media account operating in the county was suspected of possessing and distributing child pornography. The images and videos were uploaded to the social media account in January of 2023.

Through various investigative techniques, PGPD investigators determined that the social media account belonged to 47-year-old Patrick Wojahn, a College Park, Maryland resident. On February 28, 2023, PGPD detectives served a search warrant at Wojahn’s home and recovered multiple electronic devices. After further investigation, Wojahn was charged with 40 counts of possession of exploitative child material and 16 counts of distribution of exploitative child material.

Last night, after business hours, Mayor Patrick L. Wojahn submitted his resignation letter 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.

Effective immediately, Mayor Pro Tem Denise Mitchell will serve as presiding officer until a Special Election is held and a new Mayor has been sworn in.  Per the City Charter, a Special Election must be held within 65 days. The City’s Board of Election Supervisors will convene to schedule the date of the Special Election. Details about the upcoming Special Election, including candidate packets and voting information, will be posted on the City’s website at www.collegeparkmd.gov. The candidate elected as Mayor in the Special Election will serve until the next Mayor is seated following the November 5, 2023 General Election.  

Wojahn is currently in the custody of the Department of Corrections, and the investigation remains open and active. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact PGPD detectives at (301) 772-4930 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/EditorEditor-in-Chief

David M. Higgins II is an award-winning journalist passionate about uncovering the truth and telling compelling stories. Born in Baltimore and raised in Southern Maryland, he has lived in several East...

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