The sentence comes after Wojahn pleaded guilty to charges related to the possession and distribution of child sexual abuse material.
Earlier this year, as reported by The Gateway Pundit, Wojahn was arrested by the Prince George’s County police department after it was discovered that he was operating a social media account used for distributing pornography. The City of College Park, in a press release, expressed shock and disturbance at the news, stating that the revelations from the investigation were completely unexpected.
Wojahn, who served as mayor from 2015 to 2023, was known for his connections with prominent Democrats, including Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. In 2019, The Washington Blade reported that Buttigieg had mentored Wojahn over the years. Local College Park news outlet, the Diamond Back, further reported that Wojahn had received valuable advice from Buttigieg, and the two had even shared beers in Riverdale, Maryland. Wojahn had also been photographed with notable figures such as Lady Gaga, the Dalai Lama, and Nancy Pelosi.
The Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) revealed in a press release that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children had alerted them to a social media account operating in the county that was suspected of possessing and distributing child pornography. The images and videos had been uploaded to the account in January 2023. Through investigative techniques, PGPD investigators discovered that the account belonged to Wojahn.
The press release further stated that 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 further investigation, criminal charges were obtained against Wojahn, and he was taken into custody.
Following his arrest, Wojahn resigned, stating that while the investigation did not involve any official city business, he believed it was in the best interests of the community for him to step aside. He expressed confidence in the ability of Mayor Pro Tem Mitchell, the City Council, and the staff to continue the work they had accomplished.
On August 2, Wojahn pleaded guilty to a total of 140 counts, including 60 counts of distribution, 40 counts of possession, and 40 counts of intent to distribute child pornography, as reported by WUSA9.
On Monday, Wojahn received a sentence of 30 years in prison, a term that some consider lenient given the severity of the charges. The plea deal initially resulted in a sentence of 150 years, but the court suspended 120 years, effectively reducing Wojahn's prison term to 30 years, plus five years’ probation. He is also required to register as a sex offender for 25 years, according to The Baltimore Banner.
The Baltimore Banner reported that during the sentencing, Assistant State’s Attorneys Monica Meyers and Jess Garth spent nearly 1½ hours explaining how possession and distribution of child sexual abuse material is not a victimless crime. They revealed that law enforcement knew the names of 52 children who appeared in images on Wojahn’s cellphone. These children had experienced sexual abuse in various countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Germany, and the United Kingdom. However, there were hundreds, possibly thousands, more children that investigators could not identify.
State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy described the sentence as “fair.” According to Maryland’s parole laws, Wojahn could potentially secure an early release after serving a quarter of his sentence, which would be about seven and a half years, according to WTOP News.
During the hearing, Myers read dozens of statements from victims and their parents that detailed the abuse seen in the photos and videos, some of which depicted very young children, including infants. In some instances, the victims were bound or injured during the abuse.
Myers emphasized that every image possessed by Wojahn represented a story of abuse, countering the notion that this was a victimless crime. One victim who spoke on video revealed that she had been stalked and harassed online for years after the abuse and had even been forced to move. Myers stated that more than 500 victims from around the world were found on Wojahn’s phone.