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Veteran Peabody Cop Wojick Accused of Sexually Molesting Girl

Veteran Peabody Police officer Fred Wojick, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, was released on personal recognizance and ordered to stay away from the victim. He has been suspended from duty at this time.

[Editor's Note: This article has been updated to reflect a correction. The defendant was not in fact held on bail as prosecutors requested, but given a warning.]

Veteran Peabody police officer Fred Wojick is facing charges he repeatedly sexually molested a young girl.

Wojick, 48, appeared in Peabody District Court this morning to be arraigned on six counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and one count of disseminating obscene material to a minor (watching pornography with her). 

He was arrested by State Police detectives assigned to the District Attorney's office Thursday night at 7 p.m. and kept overnight in custody.

Wojick, through his attorney Tom Drechsler, fully denies the allegations and says the real issue was a boyfriend Wojick had disapproved of.

Drechsler called the allegations "salacious" and "sensationalized" and argued they were possibly made as an act of revenge against Wojick.

The DA's office says the victim, who is now 17, told investigators the inappropriate behavior started when she was 11 and 12  and indicated it continued until she was at least 15.

She said the behavior involved repeated instances of inappropriate touching and sexual references to her and her friends.

The allegations, however, did not first came to light until about a week ago, according to prosecutors.

Wojick, who is a patrol officer, has been suspended from duty as of Thursday night, but no further details were available on his employment status.

Judge Matthew Nestor released Wojick on personal recognizance with the conditions that he stay away from both the victim and her mother and not leave the state.

He was also given a bail warning, meaning he could be held up to 60 days without bail if he violates the conditions, fails to appear in court or breaks the law.

The DA's office had requested a $10,000 cash bail given the seriousness of the charges, but noted there was little concern of Wojick being a flight risk.

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Josephine P. Jones January 16, 2013 at 02:42 AM
If Fred was such a great guy, why did his first wife dump him?
Josephine P. Jones January 16, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Didn't this whole thing come out after fast Freddie told one of his coworkers about his inappropriate actions? Wasn't he charged after the Peabody police reported it to the state police? Why are we blaming the kid? You are all just as responsible.
Josephine P. Jones January 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM
I believe the look of horror on his face was attributed to being caught and knowing what happens to pedophiles in prison.
shawn January 16, 2013 at 01:39 PM
josephine.....you dont know what your talking about. until you know the facts..stop judging. i am someone very close to him. no, he didnt say anything inappropriate to a fellow officer. those are false allegations. dont believe everything you read.
John Castelluccio January 17, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Josephine, you're towing the line with your comments here, and accusing another reader like that is definitely against our terms of use. That comment has been deleted.

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