Over a Dozen Mayors Have Been Arrested for Child Sex Offenses Over the Past Two Years
At least 13 mayors have been arrested for sexual crimes against children since 2021, according to a review of news articles and police reports.
College Park, Maryland, Mayor Patrick Wojahn is the most recent mayor to be charged with child sex crimes and has been arrested for 56 counts of possession and distribution of child pornography, according to NBC Washington; Wojahn submitted his letter of resignation Thursday.
On February 17, Prince George’s County Police Department (PCPD) was notified that someone in the county was uploading child pornography. The images and videos were traced back to Wojahn, according to a press release from PCPD.
However, Wojahn is far from the only mayor charged with such horrendous crimes.
Matthew McIlravy resigned as mayor of Pilot Point, Texas, in June of 2022 after being accused of soliciting a minor for sex, according to the Dallas Morning News. McIlravy was arrested after he was caught allegedly messaging what he thought was a 12-year-old girl but was an undercover police officer.
Former mayor of Warren County, New Jersey, Ted Tomaszewski was arrested in January for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old multiple times between November of 2022 and January of 2023, according to a press release by the office of the prosecutor.
“Although I believe in the presumption of innocence, considering the charges, Mr. Tomaszewski is not welcome at Warren County Republican events until those charges are resolved,” said Warren County GOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt to New Jersey 101.5.
James Montgomery of Athens, Texas, pleaded guilty to sending obscene material to a minor after getting caught trying to solicit a minor for sex, according to NBC DFW.
Kevin Hohn, former mayor of Brooksville, Florida, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for using a hidden camera to produce abuse videos of children, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.
There are 7 other former mayors that have been charged with sex crimes against children since 2021, including Carl Johnson of West Bountiful, Utah; Donald McKinney of Pickens, South Carolina; Scott Saunders of Smithville, Texas; Dennis Doyle of Beaverton, Oregon; Robert Jacob of Sebastopol, California; and Walter Hill from Mosses, Alabama.
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