Priest Gets New Date in Sexual Abuse Case

By Hal Conick
St. Charles Republican
May 28, 2010

St. Charles, IL — Alejandro Flores, a Catholic priest who is accused of molesting a young St. Charles boy, received a new court date Friday morning.

Flores, 37, of the 600 block of Brook Forest Avenue in Shorewood, will appear in court at 9 a.m. on June 25. He is charged with 16 felonies, including predatory sexual assault, criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, indecent solicitation of a child and attempted aggravated sexual abuse in connection with the alleged sexual abuse how his now 13-year-old godson.

Glenn Sowa, defense attorney for Flores, said he doesn’t expect much movement in the case for a while due to the heavy amount of discovery in the case.

At Friday’s court date, both sides agreed to release “certain property from the St. Charles Police,” the main item being the title to Flores’ car, Sowa said.

The Kane County State's Attorney's Office said between Jan. 1, 2005, and Jan. 1, 2010, Flores had sexual contact with a St. Charles minor between the ages of 8 to 13. They allege that during the same period, Flores tried to have sexual contact with the victim's older brother, who was also a minor.

The priest, a native of Bolivia, was first was charged Jan. 15 and surrendered to authorities Jan. 20. The April 27 indictment, which added nine new counts to the original charges, was based on information received as the investigation continued.

Flores is being held on $1 million bail. If he posts bond, he must surrender his passport, is not allowed to have contact with the victim or victim's family and cannot have contact with anyone younger than 17. Sowa said bail for Flores is at a "standstill."

The heaviest charge Flores is facing would carry up to 30 years in prison.



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