Thursday, January 21, 2010

Shorewood priest who tried to kill himself charged with 7 felonies

Shorewood priest who tried to kill himself charged with 7 felonies
By Jameel Naqvi | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 1/20/2010 5:29 PMA priest who tried to kill himself earlier this month after learning he was facing allegations of sexual abuse was formally charged on Wednesday, according to the Kane County state's attorney's office.

Alejandro Flores, 37, of the 600 block of Brook Forest Avenue in Shorewood, was charged with one count of predatory criminal sexual assault, two counts of criminal sexual assault and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, all felonies that together carry a maximum sentence of 67 years in prison, the state's attorney's office said late Wednesday.

Authorities say Flores, who was parochial vicar at Holy Family Parish in Shorewood, sexually abused a boy younger than 13 between 2005 and 2010 while he was a seminarian assigned to St. Mary's Parish in West Chicago.

Flores has been removed from his church post and placed on leave pending the result of the case, according to the Diocese of Joliet.

The St. Charles family of the alleged victim reported the accusations to police on Jan. 4, two days before Flores lept off a 20-foot choir balcony at St. Mary's Carmelite Church in Joliet.

Joliet police arrested Flores Wednesday after he recovered from his injuries. He will be held in the Kane County jail and must post $100,000 to be released.

Flores is scheduled to appear in bond court Thursday.

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