Pedophile Priest Released On Parole

Bolivian priest molested 5-year-old boy

A Diocese of Joliet priest who sexually abused a boy for five years was released on parole Thursday.

Alejandro Flores, 40, served around 80 percent of the 4-year sentence he agreed to in a 2010 plea deal.

Flores must now register as a sex offender, according to the Joliet Herald-News.

The priest had befriended the boy's family while assigned to St. Mary's Catholic Church in West Chicago.

Flores was ordained in 2009. In January, when the boy's mother alerted the Joliet archdiocese to the alleged abuse, Flores was removed from the parish. Two days later, he leaped from the balcony of a Joliet church in a suicide attempt, according to church officials.

He was hospitalized, though not critically injured, and was taken into custody after his discharge.

Flores was also indicted on charges he attempted to sexually abuse the same boy's older brother during the same period, but pleaded not guilty to those charges.

The plea deal eliminated 15 of the 16 criminal sexual abuse counts against him.

Flores may face deportation to his native Bolivia.

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