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January 9, 2014

Social media plays role in abuse case


Drechsler suggested to jurors on Tuesday that the allegations were prompted by Wojick’s insistence that the boyfriend be prosecuted for drunken driving.

But over and over, the young woman, now a college freshman, calmly acknowledged each Tweet and photo. She was a teenager with her first serious boyfriend, she explained.

Drechsler showed jurors videos of Wojick’s Roman-themed wedding, in which the young woman was seen dancing and giving a toast to the new couple. She later explained, under questioning by prosecutor Kate MacDougall, that she was happy for her mother.

Drechsler showed her an envelope on which she had written “I love Frederick Wojick.” She admitted that the writing was hers.

But under further questioning by MacDougall, she said that it was written years ago, in childish-looking printing. The bill inside the envelope was from 2008, when the girl was 12 or 13, MacDougall pointed out. And it wasn’t the young woman who had saved it for so many years, she said; it was Wojick.

When the woman initially told Peabody police Sgt. Robert Mahoney that she had not been sexually abused, it was because Mahoney was friends with both Wojick and her mother, and she was embarrassed, she said. About a week later, after speaking with her own father, she spoke again to Mahoney and this time disclosed the abuse, she said.

On Tuesday, she testified that she had confided in her boyfriend about the abuse months earlier, long before she would have had any motive to come up with false allegations.

Drechsler suggested that the young woman had lied to police when she initially responded to a question about whether her boyfriend knew about the abuse by telling them no. “Right now, he knows I have to take care of some family issues,” she told the trooper. Yesterday, she said that she had misunderstood the question.

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