Peabody Cop Wojick Cleared of Charges in Sexual Molestation Case

Veteran police officer and Peabody native Fred Wojick was cleared of the charges by a jury in superior court.

Peabody police officer Fred Wojick (right) during a departmental award ceremony at City Hall. Credit: File
Peabody police officer Fred Wojick (right) during a departmental award ceremony at City Hall. Credit: File
[Editor's Note: This article has been updated to reflect a correction on Fred Wojick's employment status.]

Peabody police officer Fred Wojick was cleared of charges Monday morning in a sexual molestation case involving a young female family member.

The Salem News reports a jury in Lawrence Superior Court found Wojick, 49, was not guilty after hours of deliberation both Friday and Monday. Wojick, a Peabody native, is a veteran officer and didn't have a prior criminal record.

He was charged with nine counts of indecent assault and battery on a minor and two counts of disseminating pornography. Prosecutors said the alleged abuse spanned six years, starting when the girl was just 11.

The teenage victim took the stand before jurors last week, offering great detail of alleged sexual behavior and comments toward her by Wojick as well as having her watch adult pornography with him. Her mother also testified she was aware of the situation, but never filed a complaint, fearing retribution.

Wojick did take the stand as well, saying the teen fabricated the entire story, likely as an act of revenge over a boyfriend he did not approve of and because he didn't intervene when the boyfriend was arrested for drunken driving.

The Salem News reported that Wojick's attorney Thomas Drechsler also introduced evidence -- social media activity -- by the victim that he argued was inconsistent with the behavior and attitude of someone traumatized by the alleged abuse. Prosecutors argued, however, that evidence was open to interpretation.

The trial lasted just over a week in Lawrence Superior Court. The allegations were first brought to the attention of authorities in November 2012.

Wojick was initially put on administrative leave without pay at the start of the case, according to department spokesman Detective Michael Crane, and now remains on leave with pay.

Crane said Wojick's employment status with the department is under administrative review and will be determined "upon the conclusion of a thorough and comprehensive analysis."
Russ January 13, 2014 at 05:09 PM
Thank goodness this is over! Now, will Peabody taxpayers have to pick up the tab for the time off suspension?
Johnny D January 13, 2014 at 09:20 PM
The man deserves to be paid so, unless you are offering to foot 100% of the bill out of the goodness of your heart, the taxpayers will be responsible for the $$ he is owed.
mark January 14, 2014 at 10:48 AM
This officer is a piece of garbage! Fire him now!
Bjean January 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM
And our resident lunatic from the Patch is heard from again.
Glenn McBride January 14, 2014 at 01:22 PM
Jury stacking at its finest. Some jurors are family members of cops, no doubt.
mark January 14, 2014 at 03:35 PM
This police officer like most union thugs would not be able to survive without his union-civil service job! He lacks the intelligence and motivation to succeed in life! So he will fight to be employed in a city job where citizens don't want him on the streets in their community! Thank God for Unions and Civil Service!
Dawn Campbell January 14, 2014 at 09:58 PM
You people have no clue what your talking about. They went to court the girls family and friends lied on the stand and got caught. They had no evidence because there wasn't any. If you don't know this man than shut up!!
Steve January 15, 2014 at 01:23 AM
Juice McGee!!!!!!!!!
Steve January 15, 2014 at 01:31 AM
I don't care what anyone has to say..you uphold the law you shouldn't be a sauce monkey. Regardless of this current case. You can arrest citizens for drugs you shouldn't use them yourself. Stripped of the badge and sent to court he should go. I know enough about him and met him on several occasions and when I had two separate acquaintances tell me he loves the juice...thats enough to know there is a 99% chance he does it because my sources are into that shit too.. Love to see the comments that get deleted on here..RIOT...people don't understand what it means to have a badge and uphold the law...Like cops that drink and drive (which a know a couple of those too) they should be caught, jailed, and due process of the LAW. I wont shut up because its true. you dont need to know someone to know their trouble and unworthy of holding a damn bagde
DEBBIE January 15, 2014 at 08:56 AM
THE JURY HAS SPOKEN! They appeared to make most of their decisions within hours, except for two. Those were made first thing Monday morning and from the facts presented before them, they just did not buy the allegations of the girl, her mother, and friends too. If these charges were true, why did the mother wait several years before anything was said or done about it? Now, out of the police department budget, give the officer his back pay without stalling like the old administration did. Champagne and his cronies along with the older mayors cost us taxpayers millions and millions of dollars, and they lost just about every single case.
Dawn Campbell January 15, 2014 at 09:30 AM
Mark, until you know what your talking about you really shouldn't comment. This man wouldn't even take aspirin , so for your juice theory is ridiculous. Look at his dad they are identicle. He works out all the time and is built just like his dad. You don't know him because if you did you would be saying the truth rather than more stupid lies&!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Steve January 15, 2014 at 01:09 PM
ook cheerleader. I believe you
Joe C January 15, 2014 at 04:41 PM
I don't see him going back to PPD....too much "drama" for lack of a better term...I don't know him personally, or professionally, but maybe it's best to look for another career?? I mean how can you continue to be a Policeman and have the respect of the force with what just took place....If he wants to continue being a policeman maybe a transfer is something he should consider...As for jury stacking and what not...it is what it is...That's the American Justice System...I for one do not know who to believe in a case like this..was she lying? or was he? Who knows only Fred and the Victim.....
Bjean January 15, 2014 at 07:02 PM
Actually, im pretty sure that there should be no reason, legally, for him not to return to his job. He was found, by a jury, not guilty. How many other cops, maybe not just Peabody, but other cities, have been placed on administrative leave and return to work? He has no reason to find another career. He is not guilty. Move on, get over it. Think whatever you want, but he doesnt have to prove anything to any of you.
Johnny D January 15, 2014 at 08:24 PM
Libel: A written or oral defamatory statement or representation that conveys an unjustly unfavorable impression.
mark January 16, 2014 at 07:22 AM
Regardless of the verdict, based on the mental issues, he should not be allowed to be a police officer anymore!
Bjean January 16, 2014 at 07:23 AM
There you go. Leave him alone.
Dorothea Kuchinsky January 16, 2014 at 08:24 AM
The man has been through enough. Give him his job back and let him get on with his life. I personally never thought he was guilty, and now a jury feels that without a doubt he is not. Why should he be punished for something he didn't do?
DEBBIE January 16, 2014 at 11:34 AM
BJEAN and DOROTHEA, you are both absolutely correct. Why should he lose his livelihood and career if he was found NOT GUILTY. The jury certainly came back within hours on a dozen counts of crap and they agreed with the officer and did not believe these so-called victims. Sadly, THE OFFICER IS THE VICTIM IN THIS ENTIRE FIASCO. Why should he suffer any longer. Just put yourself in his place. It isn't a good feeling, is it?
PeabodysFinest January 16, 2014 at 12:16 PM
This is insane. I registered an account just to post a comment. This cop needs to be gone. I don't understand how multiple people and family members said what was said and because the jury thinks it's bullshit that the mom took years to come forward means nothing. We all know the crazy reality of cops and the violence that comes with some of them is not far fetched. She was probably scared for her life an her family. It takes a lot to go forward and make this a case. You people make it seem like it's all a big lie and this perfect cop can't do wrong. Big whoop his dad was a cop, so his son must be an angel. Let's me honest, there's a handful of good cops in Peabody and I'm certain this guy isn't one.
Jennifer Johnson January 16, 2014 at 02:23 PM
Here's what I don't understand. The teenager testified that her mother didn't know what was going on, yet the mother testified that she knew all along. Was the teenager protecting the mother? Or was the mother trying to help corroborate the daughter's lies? And if the daughter was molested and the mother knew about it and condoned it, shouldn't she be facing some charges? Or at least DCF should take away any remaining minors from her care. If the officer is guilty then this mother was definitely pimping her daughter out just to have a man around. I agree with the jury, there's reasonable doubt here based on that one lie alone.
mark January 16, 2014 at 08:07 PM
After further thought? The only logical solution would be to transfer him to Lawrence Police Department where he can serve those who let him off! Besides Lawrence is loaded with registered sex offenders according to the sex offender app on the IPhone.
Dawn Campbell January 16, 2014 at 09:13 PM
Ok first of all you still don't know what your talking about his father is not a cop why do you people keep coming up with these insane ideas. He proved he was innocence, the whole family lied on the stand their stories didn't even match so that tells you it's made up.if it happened then there would not have been any problems remembering the stuff that happened to them. I had a niece who was molested and she remembered everything from 3 until the day she died. I feel bad for people who are really being abused and this girl took it to that place.i dont know if she was arrested for LIEING the mom she also took an oath as a nurse to tell about anyone that is abused so if she really was she is also taking a risk that she hasn't been turned in for that yet! The man has been through hell for 2 years he was so worried about his 11 year old daughter.just remember it could happened to anyone out there , it ruins their lives!., this is exactly why it ruins life's because you have rumors that just keep flying around. Please leave him and his family alone now!!
mark January 17, 2014 at 08:14 AM
OJ Simpson was found not guilty by a jury in 1995! Did he go back to work for NBC? NO! Employers should have the right to hire and fire any employee!
Katelyn Danes January 17, 2014 at 09:02 PM
Not guilty does NOT mean INNOCENT!!! It does not mean those girls were lying on the stand. this happens every day in the world we live in and there is a reason victims do not come forward with their stories. I am sure this was hard enough for them to state their case. I like Mark's point of view. We all knew OJ was guilty but he still got off. Because he was a cop makes him no better! It just makes him believe he can get away with a lot more than he should. He didn't prove anything and he certainly didn't prove his innocence. He should not be allowed back on the streets as a cop! Cops do not arrest other "cops" unless they have a valid "reason" to do so! Apparently there was something going on. He did this to himself, and he did this to his family. There is no one else to blame. You can not be arrested for lying because if you could, this man would have been arrested for a second time!
Johnny D January 18, 2014 at 08:55 PM
You have got to be kidding me..."you can not be arrested for lying"... tell that to George Zimmerman's wife. Ever hear of PERJURY??? I don't know whether this guy is truly "innocent" or not...and neither do YOU...only he and his stepdaughter know that. Also, while we are talking about things that "happen every day," let's not forget the long-lasting effects of falsely accusing someone of such a disgusting act. That, too, HAPPENS EVERY DAY. I am not saying that is what happened here because, once again, none of us can know that for sure...but when it does happen it not only ruins the wrongly accused's reputation (for life) but is also a slap in the face to the REAL victims of these horrible, gutless crimes. You should be blaming the lying scum that create false accusations..they are the REAL reason why "victims don't come forward with their stories." You lost all credibility when you said, "I like Mark's point of view." It could only go downhill from there...and it did.
DEBBIE January 19, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Johnny D. I agree. Once I read the "I like Mark's point of view", I figured that it wasn't good after that. I am wondering how Mark knows about the high amount of sex offenders in Lawrence. Are you one of them Mark? Then Katelyn says that "cops don't arrest cops". UNTRUE. Gosh, just look around the north shore and you will see that many cops have been arrested by their peers. Then expand your search and you will see a whole lot of cops that have been arrested and many have gone to jail or are presently serving time - many for life. Look, none of us have the right to judge anyone for it could come back and kick one of us in the ass. As for bad cops, there are hundreds of thousands out there. New Orleans had to have the government take over the city law enforcement until they cleaned the place up resulting with about eight officers getting life sentences. Just Google about "really bad cops" and you will be in for a shocker. Okay, let's start right here in Peabody; the recently retired Chief of Police should of NEVER been allowed to be Chief from day one. As he ran the department for decades to come, things escalated and became more corrupt. He should of been jailed with his cronies as THE BUCK STOPS AT THE TOP. The two previous mayors allowed all this crime to happen. Why? Too man coverups. Just ask around to the older officers that saw the place crumble before their eyes. There are too many stories about corruption right here in Peabody. You need not look any further. Do your homework.
mark January 20, 2014 at 07:50 PM
There is a police officer on the Saugus Police Department who was a batterer and the girlfriend who had the restraining order against him was found hanging in the basement of his house 20 years ago! Google it! By the way he is still a police officer in Saugus! Way to go Police Union!
mark January 20, 2014 at 07:54 PM
If you people with kids want to find out where sex offenders live and work? Go to your IPhone and download the app! You will see they all live in Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Chelsea and Boston! We all know what those city's have in common!
Jennifer Johnson January 21, 2014 at 10:14 AM
If you believe that this officer molested this girl, then you must believe the mother's own admission that she knew about it and allowed it because she wanted to keep her marriage. Why are you more outraged by the officer getting his job back than you are by a mother peddling her own daughter's flesh?


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