[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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