NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Catholic priest who served at Rutgers University in the 1970s was on the list of 50 clergy members that a regional Jesuit organization this week say were credibly accused of child sex abuse.
On Tuesday, the Northeast Province of the Jesuits, which represents the Roman Catholic order of priests in parts of New Jersey, released a list that included Andrew Dittrich, who served at Rutgers University from 1970 to 1977 and served at Rider University from 1977 to 1989.
According to the report from the Jesuits, the allegation against Dittrich surfaced in 2002 and 2018, accusing him of sexual abuse of minors between 1966 and 1976. These allegations were found to be credible.
Dittrich died in 1990.
Nine other priests with ties to New Jersey were also listed in the report. All of them had served in Jersey City, at St. Peter's Prep or Peter's Church or St. Peter's University, according to the report.
Some of the allegations against these priests date back to the 1950s or 1960s.
However, in each case, the Jesuits said, the allegations were credible.