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December 1, 2012

Cop accused of sex abuse

Prosecutors: Peabody officer molested stepdaughter

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“There are some serious issues of fact in this case,” said the lawyer. He also told the judge that Wojick had been cooperative, willingly going to the state police barracks for questioning, without an attorney.

He urged Nestor to release Wojick without bail, saying his ties to the community and his eagerness to defend himself against the charges show that he’s not a flight risk.

The judge agreed, but granted a request by the prosecutor to bar Wojick from contact with his wife or her daughter while the case is pending, noting that Wojick had been texting his wife while in custody Thursday night. Nestor also denied a request from Drechsler to allow Wojick to visit his parents in Florida.

The judge also warned Wojick and his family members to avoid posting on Facebook about the allegations, after police found disparaging comments about the girl on the social networking site.

Before joining the Peabody department in 2001, Wojick spent five years as an Essex officer and had worked as a campus officer at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, where he implemented bicycle patrols on the campus, according to a Gloucester Daily Times story on his hiring in Essex in 1996.

Wojick was sworn in as a full-time officer in Peabody in 2001.

He has also been a Pop Warner football coach in Peabody, said his lawyer.

In 2003, he opened a business on the side, the Empire Gym, on Foster Street; that gym is now closed.

Wojick is due back in court Jan. 10.

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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