Chicago priest had abuse record BEFORE ordination

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Via Chicago Breaking News Center:

Kane County prosecutors filed additional charges against a Catholic priest previously accused of child abuse, saying he attempted to sexually abuse the older brother of his first alleged victim. A grand jury indicted the Rev. Alejandro Flores on nine new counts, State’s Atty. John Barsanti announced today. The indictment includes additional counts involving the first alleged victim.

The charges include predatory criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, indecent solicitation of a child and attempted aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Flores, 37, already stands accused of seven felony counts that allege he molested a St. Charles boy from 2005–when the boy was 8–to this year. The abuse took place while Flores, who is a Bolivian citizen, was a seminarian assigned to a West Chicago church, and had become friendly with the boy’s family, who were parishioners, authorities say.  The new counts allege that Flores made sexual advances at the boy’s older brother, prosecutors said.

Following his ordination in 2009, Flores was assigned to a south suburban church.  In January, just before his arrest, he attempted to kill himself by jumping from the balcony of a shuttered church in Joliet.

He was hospitalized for several days and was taken into custody following his release from the hospital. He is currently being held at the Kane County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail. Last month, a judge rejected a motion to reduce Flores’ bail.
Flores’ attorney, Glenn Sowa, said at the March hearing that the Joliet archdiocese was willing to pay to have Flores attend a Maryland treatment center for religious workers with psychological issues. It was in arguing against the reduced bond that prosecutors first brought up the allegations involving the victim’s older brother.

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