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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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Sandy Rose November 30, 2012 at 05:36 PM
I swear everyday I see more police officers, fire fighters, public officials, politicians, teachers, city employees and state employees being arrested and charged with serious and in this case SICK crimes. Can you say ABUSE OF POWER? Too bad all things done in dark come to light....that badge wont help you now
Patriots Fan November 30, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I have been a Peabody resident for a long time and the Peabody Police Department has always been very responsive and respectful in my opinion. I hope that one bad apple doesn't hurt the reputation of the entire department. Personally, I am not drawing any conclusions until after the trial is over. Officer Wojick deserves a fair trial and is innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, in these type of cases the accused are almost always guilty in the court of public opinion. Either way, this is a very sad situation. Child abuse is an enormous problem in our society. I know so many friends and family members who have been victims, most of which never came forward to report it out of fear of humiliation and revenge. Very sad...
shawn November 30, 2012 at 06:30 PM
until you know what your talking about...dont judge someone. innocent till proven gulity. i know the gu involved and i"m telling you hes a great guy. great officer. and a loving father. look up his history. you"ll c.
Harry Birmingham November 30, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Sandy, It only goes to show you that cops are no different than anyone else. The standards of application to become an officer have to tighten beyond what they are now. Better stricter psychological and mental examinations are the key to making better officers but I'm sure that they may be a few who will get through the process of application and appointments. That isn't to say any officer may not become a problem or a trouble some person while on duty as a police officer after appointment to the force. As a retired officer from the department I can say I'm not pleased about the arrest or its charges but I too have to live with it retired or not. I think I do know you from the time of my appointment in 1970 and served with your former relations before retiring and I'm very surprised at your commentary knowing the problems of being related to a police officer and the making your commentary public. Don't get me wrong as I do accept your having an opnion but it doesn't mean I agree with it partially or fully. Harry Birmingham ,Retired Peabody Police Officer
Jake November 30, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. I hope these allegations are not true for all involved.
Harry Birmingham November 30, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I forgot to mention that in my time we were associated with and were in close contact with the Boston Police Stress Program but in time to come the city ,in negotiations , decided it would be better to do it their way or the highway if you know what I mean. Needless to say we had to leave the Boston program that was very beneficial to several officers , their families and the department through the use of the program. If this officer is guilty then be it so but if he were early on cognizant of his problem the Boston program would have been of great help to over come his problem[s]. Harry Birmingham , P.P.D. retired
Bob November 30, 2012 at 06:53 PM
If its true may he pay the consiquences.. But unfortunately if he really is inoccent this has already ruined the guys career and personal life.. Crazy world we live in..
Bob Theriault November 30, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Many times people make false accusations against people in power as a way to get back at them so until this officer has his day in court one should not judge and even than every jury doesn't get it right.
steve November 30, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Wow, Bob, already saying if a jury finds him guilty that we should consider ignoring it? Just because some assume he is guilty without any proof, you're way on the other side, and that's just as biased. As other sources with real reporters very importantly noted, the case was not started by her accusations but by comments the cop himself made to someone...
Bob Theriault November 30, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Steve I'm not saying ignore juries decision but saying they are not always right. Also to set the record straight this is NOT the retired PPD Sgt. by the same name.
Cindy Guanci December 01, 2012 at 02:24 AM
I've know Fred wojick since I was 10yrs old and he was 18. My brothers best friend. He is like family to us. Mr. Wojick is an amazing person inside and out.
Kerry December 01, 2012 at 04:25 AM
I love this how you already tried and convicted this man all from a news report! Seriously??? No getting the facts, evidence, nothing??? This is just so sad that people that do not know either party or the real story can make these assumptions. His life and hers is already ruined either way it turns out.
peter December 01, 2012 at 05:00 AM
hey steve, what did the officer say that started this investigation ?
bubba December 01, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I would like to state. Fred (Scotty) Wojick is the most stands up. Straight up. Loving .man. we have been friends and I consider all. The wojicks MY FAMILY FOR OVER 30 YEARS. Those accusations can't be any farther from the truth !!!!!!!!! I grew up and spent my years in peabody with family members in high political positions and the police force . It SICKIN S ME WAY MORE that you people bad mouth cops that who are the first person u want when U NEED THEM . And WHAT'S WORSE IS YOU AUTOMATICALLY a SPOILED BRAT teens word. Automatically over a Proven great man. I'm sickened over you. People. Far more.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Harry Birmingham December 01, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Bubba, We have not heard from the wife and what she feels in this matter that has been made public. I can only assume she will not be heard from having been ,as it were, stuck in the middle of it all and told not to respond to any questions regarding the matter. I have to question if she is a real part of the situation [ finger pointing after she may have known early on] only in who and what is to have been believed in the daughters story. If she know of the situation at some point before the accusation was brought forward then why did she not bring it up at that time? __ I agree that when people want help for any reason they call on the police and it does sicken me as it does you. __ I'm not saying he is guilty or not and I will let the court decide either way. I was brought up by wonderful parents who gave me the way to see right from wrong that led me to being a policeman. I can remember my mother asking me to hold my hand in front of me asking what I saw. I responded my fingers and hand. She said my fingers were not all the same but they worked on my hand to do the work it does to accomplish its goals on your commands . So goes the every day response of our police, fire and other emergency departments who we ask for help. Not any of these are people are equal of finger size but they get the job done or face consequences of ridicule and banishment .
steven gallo December 02, 2012 at 04:43 AM
iv'e known fred wojick since he was born and i was 6 yrs old. he is one of the finest men i know,an officer of the highest caliber, a loving, caring father and decent human being all around. i can't believe how quickly some people want to believe the worst of someone without knowing the facts, what happen'd to innocent until proven guilty! did you know that his stepdaughter was riding around with her boyfriend and he was pulled over and found to be drunk while driving putting innocent people's lives in danger, not to mention fred's stepdaughter. the officer who stopped him called fred and asked him what he thought about the situation and fred told him to do his duty and arrest him, then all of a sudden she brings up these accusations and ruin a good mans reputation.
JOSH O'HAGAN December 03, 2012 at 07:05 PM
I agree...I think this is a really troubled girl who is angry and trying to exact revenge in a really awful manner. She needs some help! In the mean time a very dedicated cop is not out keeping peabody safe from others like his stepdaughters boyfriend and a good man is suffering with these disgusting and unfounded allegations!!
Alexis December 15, 2012 at 04:04 PM
wow it is good to see people in the community getting together and giving hope to officer wojick...I have known Officer Fred (scott) Wojick my entire life..there is no way he would ever hurt a child..he has plenty of nieces and nephews and a daughter of his own that can be interviewed, if hes a sick man then hes been doing this all along..it wouldnt just start with this one girl, and only this one girl...hang in there officer wojick...friends and family are getting together to help you
Josephine P. Jones January 16, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Pretty disgusting that you all condemn a child victim in order to protect an adult perpetrator. When he is found guilty, will you all feel so strongly about being friends with a child molester? Btw, if you all support him do much why has he only been able to raise 350 bucks in donations toward his defense fund? Hypocrites.
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 (Editor) 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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