PEABODY (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – A Peabody police officer is accused of assaulting a child.
Officer Frederick Wojick, 48, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday in Peabody District Court on six counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and one count of dissemination of obscene matter to a minor. He was released on personal recognizance with the condition that he have no contact with the victim and the victim's mother and that he not leave Massachusetts. He was also given a bail warning.
Officer Wojick was arrested at 7 p.m. Thursday by Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the District Attorney's Office.
Prosecutors say the victim is a family member of Wojick's. She alleges that when she was 11 and 12, Wojick acted inappropriately. The victim said Wojick slapped her on the bottom. In another interview with police, she said he would do things like put her on his lap while he was aroused and make her watch porn on the computer. The victim told police she was hesitant to come forward before because she did not want to make her mother unhappy.
The defense alleges that the victim only came forward because she was dating a boy Wojick did not approve of. His attorneys say the victim and Wojick have had several arguments about this, one just a few days before she made the allegations.
Wojick has been a police officer for 21 years, including five years at UMass Lowell, five years in the town of Essex, and the rest of the time in Peabody. He has also coached Pop Warner.
Wojick's attorneys says he has been receiving treatment for stress and is taking medication for anger management.
Wojick is due back in court on Jan. 10, 2013, for a pre-trial hearing.