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January 6, 2014

Trial begins for officer accused of molesting girl

PEABODY — The trial of a Peabody police officer charged with molesting a family member and showing her and another girl pornography on a computer is expected to get underway this morning with jury selection in Lawrence Superior Court.

Frederick Wojick, 49, of Peabody, an 11-year veteran of the department, was arrested in November 2011 after a concerned colleague went to his superiors about statements Wojick had made about his troubled family life.

That led police and investigators with the district attorney’s office to interview a relative of Wojick, who, after initially denying that anything inappropriate had happened, eventually told them that Wojick had repeatedly touched her inappropriately, sometimes while showing her pornography, over a six-year period that started when she was around 11 years old.

Later, a second child came forward and said Wojick had also showed her pornography.

Wojick was subsequently indicted on nine counts of indecent assault and battery and two counts of disseminating obscene material to a minor.

Wojick’s lawyer, Thomas Drechsler, has said Wojick denies all of what he called “salacious, sensationalized allegations.”

Drechsler has previously told reporters that the accusations were the result of a vendetta by the girl after Wojick disapproved of the young man she was dating.

Wojick has been on unpaid leave from the department since his arrest.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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