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January 8, 2014

Teen: Wojick was 'creepy'

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Wojick told the woman he was just “kidding around.” Moments later, after the girl’s mother left for work, he did it again, she said.

“I didn’t want to ruin my mother’s happiness,” she said.

Her mother had chalked it up to “Fred being Fred.” And, the woman’s mother admitted to jurors, she knew Wojick, now 49, was sometimes inappropriate with her daughter, acknowledging that she knew he had touched her inappropriately.

But while the mother confronted Wojick, she never went to authorities.

“He was the police,” the mother testified, emphasizing the word “was.”

Wojick and his attorney, Thomas Drechsler, contend that the allegations were made only after a falling out with Wojick over his failure to intervene in the drunken-driving arrest of the teenager’s boyfriend, a young man the couple did not approve of her dating.

It was during an argument between the young woman and Wojick, about a week after her boyfriend was found guilty, that she told Wojick she didn’t like what he had been doing and saying, Drechsler told jurors in his opening. He suggested that the allegations were concocted in retaliation for his decision not to help her boyfriend.

But both the young woman and her mother testified yesterday that they never called police.

Instead, it was Wojick himself who reached out to a friend on the department, Sgt. David Bonfanti.

Bonfanti yesterday told jurors that Wojick told him he was being kicked out of the home.

The teenager “didn’t feel comfortable with him living there,” Bonfanti told the jury. Wojick wasn’t specific, he said, and when “I asked him if she was accusing him of anything,” Wojick didn’t say she was.

Instead, Wojick allegedly told Bonfanti “he wishes he was more like a father than a friend.”

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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