Joliet diocese priest released on parole
By Brian Stanley email@example.com June 6, 2013 3:06PM
Updated: July 8, 2013 6:38AM
PONTIAC — A Diocese of Joliet priest who sexually abused a boy for five years was released on parole Thursday.
Alejandro Flores, 40, was behind bars for roughly 80-percent of the four-year sentence he received under a plea deal in 2010. He is now required to register as a sex offender.
In 2004, Flores befriended a then-7-year-old boy while a seminarian at St. Mary’s Church in West Chicago and had repeated sexual contact with him. In June 2009, Flores was ordained and sent to Holy Family Church in Shorewood to serve as parochial vicar.
In January 2010, the victim’s family notified police, who began an investigation and contacted the diocese. Flores was suspended, but disappeared the morning he was scheduled to meet with investigators.
Later that day he attempted to commit suicide by leaping from the choir loft of the closed St. Mary’s Carmelite Church on Ottawa Street in Joliet. Flores survived and was indicted on 16 counts of sexual assault and abuse in Kane County.
In September 2010, he pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual assault and the other charges were dropped.
The diocese said Flores would be permanently removed from the priesthood upon his release. The Bolivian native could also face deportation.
Spokesman Edward Flavin said the diocese was informed of Flores’ release via e-mail Thursday.
Since being released from prison, Flores was en route to a detention center until his immigration status is determined, which could take weeks or months.
“It’s our understanding he could be deported back to Bolivia,” Flavin said.
Flores’ removal from the priesthood has already been submitted to Catholic doctrine in Rome.
“Mr. Flores is restricted from all public ministry and can no longer represent himself as a member of the clergy,” Flavin said.