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December 1, 2012

Cop accused of sex abuse

Prosecutors: Peabody officer molested stepdaughter


MacDougall said the girl told investigators that when she was 11 or 12, Wojick had her sit on his lap at a computer and showed her pornography, telling her that she could learn how to perform various sexual acts from watching.

She also said Wojick would offer to tuck her in when she began having trouble sleeping, then take the opportunity to climb on top of her in bed.

Wojick also touched her inappropriately, said MacDougall.

The officer made numerous inappropriate comments about the girl’s body, including remarking on her flexibility, the prosecutor said. Later, he would ask prying questions about her friends, wanting to know the details of their relationships, said the prosecutor.

MacDougall told the judge that while the defense may be suggesting that the girl lacks credibility because she did not disclose the incidents when first questioned, she told investigators that she was reluctant only because she did not want to make her mother unhappy or cause the end of her marriage.

MacDougall told the judge that Wojick is now on medication due to “anger issues.”

After the allegations first came to light, Wojick checked himself into Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport. He then moved in with a friend in Danvers, where he was staying when he was arrested.

But defense lawyer Thomas Drechsler argued that his decision to seek mental health treatment isn’t an indication of guilt, only his attempt to deal with a stressful situation.

“What could be more stressful than being falsely accused of such behavior?” Drechsler asked the judge.

Drechsler said his client is the victim of a vendetta by the girl because he had expressed his disapproval of the young man she is dating.

“It was only after he told her mother (about the boyfriend) that she makes the allegations,” said Drechsler.

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