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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."
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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