Day care director fired, accused of failing to report abuse
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) — The director of a Bridgewater State University child care center has been fired amid criminal allegations she failed to report suspected child sexual abuse by a student who worked at the day care.
University officials said Judith Ritacco was fired Friday. The 53-year-old Boylston resident was placed on leave last week after the 21-year-old student was charged with sexually abusing two preschool boys.
Ritacco pleaded not guilty Thursday to endangering a child and other charges. Prosecutors say she was alerted about the abuse allegations by a teacher March 27, but told the teacher to keep quiet about it.
Ritacco’s lawyer says his client did report the matter to her superiors and was being made a “scapegoat.”
A phone listing for Ritacco couldn’t be found Friday.