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Priest indicted on additional assault charges
By Josh Stockinger | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 4/21/2010 11:49 AM | Updated: 4/21/2010 2:57 PM

A priest charged with sexually assaulting a St. Charles boy has been indicted on additional charges involving the boy's older brother, prosecutors said Wednesday.

A Kane County grand jury on Tuesday indicted the Rev. Alejandro Flores on 16 counts, including nine new offenses accusing the priest of not only assaulting the original victim but soliciting and attempting to abuse an older brother, who also was a minor.

Flores, 37, has pleaded not guilty to the original charges and remains in the county jail on $1 million bond. His defense attorney, Glenn Sowa, was not immediately available for comment Wednesday.

Prosecutors say the abuse took place over five years, beginning on Jan. 1, 2005, when the younger brother was 8. The allegations involving the older brother came to light as the investigation continued, according to the Kane County state's attorney's office.

Flores, of Shorewood, was godfather to both boys, whom he met while working as a parochial vicar at Holy Family Parish in West Chicago. Prosecutors have said the younger victim told his mother he was being sexually abused, and the boy's father twice witnessed them having what appeared to be sexual contact.

With Tuesday's indictment, Flores now faces one count of predatory criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony, as well as six counts of criminal sexual assault, six counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, two counts of indecent solicitation of a child, and one count of attempted aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

If convicted of all charges, Flores would face a minimum of 25 years in prison. Last month, Judge T. Jordan Gallagher denied his request for a bond reduction, noting the Bolivian-born priest is not a U.S. citizen and has no family in this country. He returns to court on April 30.