Former Chicago-area priest deported to Bolivia

August 7, 2013

The Associated Press

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A former Chicago-area Roman Catholic priest who was sentenced to prison for abusing a boy has been deported to Bolivia.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say 40-year-old Alejandro Flores was deported to La Paz, Bolivia, on Tuesday. He was sent on a commercial aircraft and accompanied by two federal officers. Federal officials say Flores is barred for life from entering the U.S.

Flores pleaded guilty in 2010 to felony criminal sexual abuse and sentenced to four years in prison. He abused the boy while working at St. Mary's Church in West Chicago.

The Joliet Diocese has previously said the process to expel Flores from the priesthood is under way in Rome.