Former Priest Accused of Molesting Family Member

The Star-Ledger [New Jersey]
March 28, 2007

Ronald Becker, a former priest and president of the Jamesburg Historical Association, was arrested today for sexually assaulting a female family member nearly 20 years ago, the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office said.

Becker, 62, was taken into custody at his Helmetta home after the alleged victim, now 26, called police on Feb. 23, authorities said.

The woman accused Becker of fondling her many times at a family home in Jamesburg from the time she was 3 until she was 7, authorities said.

Becker was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1973. The Diocese of Trenton received complaints that caused them to remove him from his priestly duties in 2002, but officials from the diocese refused to be more specific.

Becker has been heavily involved in many organizations in Jamesburg, where he grew up. He has been president of the borough historical association since about 2004, Tom Bodall, the official Jamesburg historian said.

He is a treasurer of the Jamesburg Civic Association and a member of the borough patriotic committee and the high school alumni association, Bodall said.

Becker is being held at the Middlesex County jail in North Brunswick with no bail set.

Contributed by Sharon Adarlo.


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