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DA: Former Topsfield Firefighter Sexually Assaulted Wheelchair-Bound Woman

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Former Topsfield Fire Lt. William Wood appeared in court on Friday.

Former Topsfield Fire Lt. William Wood appeared in court on Friday.

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HAVERHILL (CBS) – A former Topsfield firefighter is facing charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in a wheelchair.

The District Attorney’s office confirmed that State Police arrested 57-year-old William Wood on Thursday.

He was arraigned in Haverhill District Court on Friday.

Wood is charged with Assault and Battery on a Person with a Disability; Indecent Assault and Battery on a Person 14 years or older; and Annoying and Accosting a Person of the Opposite Sex.

Police say on two separate incidences Wood assaulted a Topsfield woman, forcing her to take off her shirt and bra so he could take pictures and touch her breasts.

The second alleged incident occurred in the fire station.

Investigators say Wood allegedly told the woman to get into the new fire engine so he could take more pictures of her.

The former Lieutenant had been on the department for 34 years when he resigned back in June amidst the allegations.

Wood is due back in court on November 8.

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