An Oakland priest placed on administrative leave after accusations of inappropriate sexual misconduct with a minor has now reportedly fled the country, officials confirmed.
Father Alex Castillo was living at a rectory in Oakland and reportedly was looking to live with friends for a few days immediately after he was placed on leave Jan. 30, the San Jose Mercury reported. The diocese said they last spoke with him Feb. 20, then were unable to reach him the following day.
A missing persons report was later filed on Feb. 23, after calls to jails and hospitals in the area failed to locate Castillo.
Oakland police eventually found Castillo, telling the diocese Friday that he had left the country, a diocese spokeswoman told the newspaper, stating that Castillo’s exact location was not disclosed to them.
Full story at SF Gate.
See February 1 CalCatholic story, “Oakland priest accused of sexual misconduct with a minor“