Where's 'Father Manuel'? Police hunting fugitive priest, teacher accused of raping N.J. teen
By Mark Mueller | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com on July 30, 2015 at 7:15 AM, updated July 30, 2015 at 9:26 AM
Twelve years ago, amid allegations he raped a 15-year-old boy in the rectory of a Plainfield church, the Rev. Manuel Gallo Espinoza vanished.
The Archdiocese of Newark, where Gallo Espinoza had served as a visiting priest, said he apparently fled to his native Ecuador after church officials informed him of the claim and suspended him from ministry.
Authorities never interviewed him. Within months, the investigation went dark.