Former Joliet Diocese priest deported to Bolivia
August 7, 2013 12:14PM
Alejandro Flores, a former priest and convicted pedophie, is taken into custody by federal agents after his release from prison on Monday. He was deported to Bolivia on Tuesday. / photo from U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement
Updated: September 9, 2013 2:46PM
A former priest in the Joliet diocese, who attempted to commit suicide after being charged with sexually molesting a young boy for five years, was deported to Bolivia on Tuesday.
Alejandro Flores, 40, a Bolivian native, was repatriated to La Paz, Bolivia, via commercial aircraft, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
In 2004, Flores befriended a 7-year-old St. Charles boy while a seminarian at St. Mary’s Church in West Chicago and allegedly had repeated sexual contact with him over a five-year period. 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 St. Charles police, who began an investigation into the alleged sexual abuse and contacted the diocese. Flores was suspended but disappeared the morning he was scheduled to meet with detectives.
Later that day, he tried to kill himself by jumping from the choir loft of the closed St. Mary’s Carmelite Church in Joliet but survived the fall.
A Kane County grand jury indicted Flores on 16 counts of sexual assault and abuse, and in September 2010 he pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual assault and the other charges were dropped.
Flores received a four-year prison term and was paroled June 7 and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation. He is barred from entering the United States for life, according to ICE.
The Joliet Diocese said Flores was permanently removed from the priesthood upon his release from prison.
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