Priest who had sex with 15-year-old boy claims victim was evil and wanted itBy Mason White 1:56 PM August 21, 2015
|Max Rojas Ramirez (left) and Manuel Gallo Espinoza|
By: Wayne Morin
A priest of New Jersey, who is being sought by police for having sex with a 15-year-old boy, said that the victim is to blame because he is evil and wanted it.
51-year-old Manuel Gallo Espinoza of Plainfield, admitted that it was a mistake to have sexual contact with the child in church.
Espinoza fled from the country after the boy told a nun and a priest about the sexual encounter with Espinoza. Espinoza however, said that no one forced the boy to have sex with him and he was free to walk away.
The priest remains in Ecuador, in order to avoid arrest. The priest has been suspended from his ministry after the allegations were made.
Espinoza said that he decided to leave the church in order not to hurt other people. Espinoza also insisted that in Ecuador, a 15-year-old boy is not considered innocent.
Max Rojas Ramirez said that the priest raped him in a room in church when he was 15 years old. Ramirez is now 28 years old.
Ramirez said that after he told the priest that he was confused about his sexuality, Espinoza attacked him.
Ramirez filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Newark, saying it was responsible for the conduct of the priest and should have established stronger protections.