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October 13, 2012

Former firefighter charged with indecent assault

Police say he called actions against disabled woman `consensual'


The report said that one evening in the spring or early summer of 2011, the woman was talking with Wood when he offered her a ride in his convertible. The woman accepted the ride and the two traveled around Topsfield, eventually making their way onto I-95, where they drove back and forth between Topsfield and Newburyport, according to the report.

During the ride, Wood repeatedly pressured the woman to take her shirt off, the report said. The woman resisted Wood and eventually became nervous that he would hurt her if she did not obey him, according to the report.

Wood eventually pulled into the highway’s breakdown lane in Georgetown and the woman took her shirt and bra off, the report said. Wood used the woman’s cell phone and took several photos of her, and then touched her breast, the report said. He then repeatedly pressured the woman to show her underwear. After initially refusing, she eventually unbuttoned her pants and showed him the top of her underwear out of fear for what Wood might do, according to the report.

Wood eventually returned the woman to the fire station, but no one else was there when they arrived, police said. The woman said she deleted the photos from her cell phone a short time later, according to police.

The woman encountered Wood again at the fire station in May of this year, the police report said. It said no one was at the station except for the woman and Wood, and Wood began talking about the convertible. The woman told him she was not interested in the convertible, and then Wood asked if she wanted to sit in one of Topsfield’s new fire trucks. The woman hesitated, but then agreed because she was interested in the new truck, according to the police report. She climbed into the engine and Wood began taking pictures of her with her cell phone, saying, “How about one of your sexy pictures? Take off your shirt,” according to the report.

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