Peabody Police Officer Arraigned on Indecent Assault Charges
Peabody Police Officer Frederick Wojick, 48, of Danvers, was arraigned in Peabody District Court this morning on six (6) counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and one (1) count of dissemination of obscene matter to a minor. Wojick pled not guilty to the charges.
Judge Matthew Nestor released the defendant on personal recognizance with the condition that he have no contact with the victim and the victim’s mother and that he not leave the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was also given a bail warning, which means he can be held up to 60 days without bail if he violates these conditions, fails to appear at any court date or violates the law.
Essex Assistant District Attorney and Family & Sexual Crimes Unit Chief Kate MacDougall requested that the defendant be held on $10,000 cash bail citing the seriousness of the charges. She stated that over a period of 4 years, beginning when the victim, who is a family member, was 10 years old, the defendant repeatedly touched her or had her touch his genital areas, displayed adult pornography to her and made overtly sexual comments to her.
The Peabody Police Department initiated the investigation following statements made by the defendant to a fellow officer. During the course of the investigation, the Peabody Police Department requested the assistance of Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the Essex District Attorney’s Office. “The Peabody Police Department takes any allegation against a member of the department very seriously,” said Peabody Police Chief Robert Champagne. “Officer Wojick was placed on suspension Thursday evening and his service weapon and department identification has been retained by the department.”
Wojick must appear in court on January 10, 2013 for a pre-trial hearing. He is represented by Attorney Thomas Drechler and is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court.