Ex-priest Indicted on Charges He Sexually Assaulted Teen
Clay Center Dispatch
May 26, 2016
A former New Jersey priest who fled to Ecuador more than a decade ago after a teen boy accused him of sexual assault has been indicted.
Union County prosecutors say a grand jury indicted 52-year-old Manuel Espinoza on sexual assault and criminal sexual contact charges.
The boy told another priest and a nun in 2003 that Espinoza sexually assaulted him in the rectory of St. Mary's Church in Plainfield.
A church review board later deemed the allegation was credible.
NJ.com says Espinoza previously admitted to sexually assaulting the teen, calling it a mistake and saying the boy enticed him.
The Associated Press typically doesn't name people who say they are victims of sexual assault.
Espinoza's whereabouts are unknown.