SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

January 15, 2013

Second child says officer showed porn

BY JULIE MANGANIS
STAFF WRITER

---- — PEABODY — A Peabody police officer arrested in November on charges that he sexually abused a family member pleaded not guilty to the allegations a second time, as his case moved to Salem Superior Court yesterday.

And Frederick Wojick, 48, has now been ordered to stay away not only from the teenage girl, but another child, to whom he had also allegedly shown pornography, according to an 11-count indictment handed up last month.

Wojick is facing a total of nine counts of indecent assault and battery and two counts of disseminating obscene material to a minor.

The case came to light after Wojick, now suspended, allegedly made comments to a fellow officer that concerned the colleague, who then went to his superiors.

During an investigation, a girl living in Wojcik’s home disclosed that Wojick had touched her inappropriately and had sometimes climbed on top of her in bed, as well as showing her pornography and making inappropriate comments, according to the indictment.

During Wojick’s appearance yesterday morning in Salem Superior Court, Judge John Lu also ordered that Wojick have no contact with his now-estranged wife.

Prosecutor Kate MacDougall, who had originally sought $10,000 cash bail at Wojick’s first court appearance in November, declined to seek bail yesterday, instead seeking only the no-contact orders.

Defense lawyer Thomas Drechsler yesterday declined to comment but, during Wojick’s initial court appearance, blamed a vendetta by the girl because Wojick disapproved of the boy she was dating.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Feb. 26.

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