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October 13, 2012

Former firefighter charged with indecent assault

Police say he called actions against disabled woman `consensual'


Wood continued to pressure her, but she was pleasant to him because she feared him, the report said. Wood then asked if he could follow her home, but the woman refused and drove away, according to the report. The woman told police she believed she saw Wood’s vehicle following her on Boston Street as she left the station.

The woman told police that following the second incident, she decided to report them to Topsfield Fire Chief Ron Giovannacci. Police said Giovannacci and Topsfield’s town attorney David Jenkins met with Wood after hearing the woman’s allegations and Wood told them that he had driven in the convertible with the woman. He said anything that happened during the ride was consensual, police said.

Wood told Giovannacci and Jenkins that the woman’s shirt was lifted up at one point and that he did touch her breasts, according to police. Wood also said he helped the woman into the fire truck during the second incident, asked if she wanted “a special picture taken” and if she wanted to take off her shirt, police said.

Wood’s next court date is Nov. 8.

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