BY JULIE MANGANIS
---- — PEABODY — A grand jury has indicted a Peabody police officer arrested last month on charges that he sexually abused a family member.
Frederick Wojick, 48, will now face a total of nine counts of indecent assault and battery and two counts of disseminating obscene material to the girl, now 17, for incidents that allegedly took place over a six-year period.
The indictments, handed up late Wednesday afternoon by an Essex County grand jury, move the case to Salem Superior Court. An arraignment date had not been set yesterday for Wojick, who has been living in Danvers since the allegations came to light.
Wojick’s attorney, Thomas Drechsler, has called the allegations “salacious” and attributes them to a vendetta by the girl, who, Drechsler said, is angry that Wojick does not approve of the boy she is dating.
The case came to light last month after Wojick expressed concerns about his family life to a colleague on the Peabody police force, where he’s worked since 2001. The nature of his comments led the fellow officer to report the conversation to his superiors, who launched an investigation.
The girl initially minimized the physical contact, saying that Wojick would say inappropriate things, but several days later described to investigators abuse she says began when she was 11.
The girl told investigators that at times Wojick would sit her on his lap at the computer and then show her pornography. Other times, he would offer to tuck her into bed and then molest her.
The indictments add three new charges of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, for incidents that allegedly included inappropriate touching.
If convicted, Wojick faces up to 10 years in prison on each count.
Wojick has been suspended from the force since his arrest.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.