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January 9, 2014

Social media plays role in abuse case


“Oh,” Drechsler said in an exaggerated tone. “You misunderstood the question?”

“I was very distraught, sir. You weren’t there,” said the young woman, for the first time losing her composure. “I thought they were asking me if (my boyfriend) knew (Wojick) was being charged.”

Drechsler suggested that she and the boyfriend only later came up with a claim that she’d confided in him earlier. “You weren’t sure if (your boyfriend) was going to go along with that,” Drechsler said.

She was adamant. “I misunderstood the question, sir.”

“You got caught in a lie,” Drechsler insisted.

“That’s not correct,” said the young woman, who was in tears. “It’s not a lie, sir.”

Later, MacDougall asked about the state of her relationship with the boyfriend. He broke up with her last year, she said.

“He broke my heart, yes,” she told the prosecutor.

“You didn’t then retract your allegations against Frederick Wojick, did you?” asked the prosecutor.

“No,” the young woman answered.

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

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