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LGBTQ-Activist Dem Mayor, Who Was ‘Mentored’ by Buttigieg, Arrested

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.”

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.”

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 Commission, 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.”

College Park will hold a special election within 65 days to elect a new mayor, the city announced. Until then, “effective immediately,” Mayor Pro Tem Denise Mitchell will serve as “presiding officer” of the city as Wojahn’s temporary replacement.

Wojahn was proudly endorsed by the LGBTQ+ Victory Fund, which is “dedicated to increasing the number of openly LGBTQ public officials in the United States,” during his unopposed 2021 re-election campaign—when he secured his fourth mayoral term—and won the left-wing political action committee (PAC)’s endorsement multiple times over the years in both 2019 and 2017.

The disgraced mayor has frequented the White House for an array of Pride events hosted by Biden, whom Wojahn considers “the most pro-LGBTQ President in US history!” In mid-December, Wojahn and his husband were invited to attend Biden’s signing ceremony of the Respect for Marriage Act on the White House’s South Lawn. “It certainly is a momentous occasion,” Wojahn commented to WTOP News, where Wojahn’s spouse Dave Kolesar is the outlet’s senior broadcast engineer.

Today, Wojahn reminisces how he was “mentored” by the Biden administration’s Transporation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg.

The duo met when Wojahn was first elected in 2015 and went to the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in the nation’s capital, where the Biden official “was assigned to be my buddy.” (Not long afterward, the pair’s respective marital partners, Kolesar and Chasten Buttigieg were introduced to each other at a White House reception under the Obama administration.)

The two men talked about “the challenges of being an openly gay mayor, with Buttigieg sharing with his mentee the story of his coming out while serving in office,” according to the Washington Blade’s sit-down conversation with Wojahn. At the time, Wojahn wanted the city to cover the cost of “gender-reassignment surgery” for trans government employees through its healthcare plan.

Wojahn and Buttigieg kept in touch as time passed. At a summertime campaign stop in Maryland, the mentor and mentee reunited to drink beers together during Buttigieg’s failed 2020 presidential run when he banked Wojahn’s ringing endorsement.

READ 41 COMMENTS
  • American Unleashed says:

    Well i dont know how he faired at Mayoral work. But he sure did Flunk NTSB. PETE B. NEEDS TO BE FIRED FOR MISHANDLING E. PALISTINE, OH. THAT should have been handeled with care. And he waited and put his own personal time above his OATH of OFFICE. FIRE THE RAT FACED BASTARD. LOW QUALIFICATION GOV. EMPLOYS GOT AMERICA ALL SCREWED UP. AMERICA WE ARE SMARTER THAN THIS BS., GOVERNMENT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW.

  • Back in the Day says:

    Id like to know who’s giving birth to all these tounge lashing maniacs. Pure Nasty, Nasty.

  • Dr. Klopek says:

    STOP hiring based on WHAT they are and start hiring based on WHO they are and a lot of this can be avoided.

  • Scurvydog says:

    It occurs to me that men who enjoy sodomy and performing fellatio on filthy penises from their own or some other man’s rectum are emotionally disabled. As such, how can they be relied upon to make rational decisions concerning the welfare of a community they have been elected to serve? How did we let our culture be stolen by these “proud gay” eaters of feces and sperm?

  • Guest says:

    Rather than keeping the Mayor in our prayers, I would much prefer that he is kept far away from our kids and civil society.

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