Officer Wojick denies sexual molestation charges

30 Nov

By Eye on Peabody

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Officer Fred Wojick faced child molestation charges this morning n Peabody District Court . Image from WBZ-Boston, Ch. 4

Peabody Police officer Fred Wojick claimed through his attorney at an arraignment this morning that the child sexual  molestation charges against him were “salacious” and “sensationalized” Attorney Tom Drechsler also said that the charges against his client were made out of an act of “revenge.”

Wojick, 48. was arraigned this morning in Peabody District Court on six counts of indecent assault and battery against a child under 14. The Essex County District Attorney’s office says that the alleged victim, who is Wojick’s step-daughter, is now 17.  She told investigators the molestation started when she was 11, and continued until she was at least 15.

The alleged victim says that the acts involved repeated instances of inappropriate touching, and sexual references made to her and her friends. Wojick’s attorney said the allegations are false and that the step-daughter was angry because Wojick disapproved of her boyfriend.

Meanwhile, according to a report in the Salem News, Prosecutor Kate MacDougall said it was Wojick himself who first drew the attention of police, after he contacted a colleague earlier this month and reported that his family life was falling apart.

The Salem News said he told his colleague that he’d “joked around” and sometimes slapped the girl’s backside, but denied anything more serious.

Investigators say that the girl told them the touching incidents occurred during several instances. including while she was being tucked into bed. She also reported other instances when Wojick allegedly sat her on his lap and showed her pornography, according to the Salem News.

A 10-year veteran of the Peabody Police Department, Wojick has been suspended from duty.  He was released by the court on  personal recognizance, but has been ordered to stay away from both the alleged victim and her mother, and cannot to leave the state.

More to come as this story develops.  Here’s the video from the  story on Channel 4.

Here’s how this story was reported Channel 5

8 Responses to “Officer Wojick denies sexual molestation charges”

  1. Randy L November 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Sounds like a really F*****up family situation if you ask me

  2. Jonesy November 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Innocent to proven guilty but it does not look very good here for the officer.

  3. Anonymous November 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    I know the guy. Hope its not true but it would not be a shcoker it it was …

  4. Anonymous November 30, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    To update the charged officer was released on personal recognizance and NOT $10,000.00 bail with conditions that he stay away from his family.

  5. Anonymous November 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    This young girl is telling the truth. Seems a little far fetched that she would go this far because she was mad over his disapproval of a boyfriend. Also, if he was mad about that maybe that’s a smoking gun too against him. Was he mad or just jealous.

  6. Jocko November 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    When is the mayor going to make a statement about this? His police dept looks like a mess to me.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Report: Peabody police officer facing charges of indecent assault on a child « Eye on Peabody - November 30, 2012

    […] EDITOR’S NOTE: You can read an updated version of this story, including later developments by clicking here. […]

  2. Update: Officer Wojick indicted by grand jury on indecent assault and battery charges « Eye on Peabody - December 21, 2012

    […] To read more details about the case against officer Wojick, check out our earlier post. […]

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