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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Priest who tried to commit suicide gets 4 years for sex assault; SNAP responds

Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director 314 862 7688

We applaud this brave victim and his family for having the courage to use the time tested judicial system to deal with this horrific crime. We are glad that the prosecutor and law enforcement took these charges seriously and held this dangerous predator accountable for his crimes.

Bishops claim they're doing more to weed out predators in seminary.

Obviously, since Flores was ordained in 2009, bishops need to work harder in this regard.

We hope that anyone who was harmed by Flores will come forward and seek help. That anyone who saw or suspected misdeeds by Flores will talk with law enforcement.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 22 years and have more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Peter Isely (414-429-7259), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/09/priest-who-tried-to-commit-suicide-gets-4-years-for-sex-assault.html

Priest who tried to commit suicide gets 4 years for sex assault
September 8, 2010 11:21 AM

A Bolivian priest who leaped from a church balcony in a suicide attempt was sentenced to four years in prison today for sexually assaulting a boy from the West Chicago parish where he was a deacon.

Alejandro Flores, 36, pleaded guilty in Kane County court to one count of criminal sexual assault for assaulting the boy, whose family lives in St. Charles. 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 must serve 85 percent of the sentence and will likely be deported to his native country on his release from prison.

--Clifford Ward


Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
www.snapnetwork.org
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