A male nurse at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is accused of sexually abusing a quadriplegic Army veteran who is unable to speak.
Dioscoro Flores, 39, allegedly abused the man, 24, on two occasions between July 4 and Aug. 6 in the man's bedroom at the highly regarded institute at 345 E. Superior St., according to prosecutors.
The veteran, who has been at the institute since June, was able to let his father know what happened by using eye motions and a “spell board,” according to a police report. The father went to the staff, who told him an internal investigation would be conducted and that Flores would not be working near his son, the report said.
Flores was arrested this week and charged with felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse. In a hearing in Cook County Bond Court midday today, he was ordered held on $50,000 bail.
The victim’s father said he learned of the August incident the day after it happened. “It was shock at first and then anger afterward. You know ... just kind of knowing that something like that could have happened. They deal with children and all different kinds of injures and people that are basically vulnerable to begin with. That’s what really floored me.
“The first initial shock was just, did you just tell me what you told me? Because my communication with him isn't really easy," the father said. His son raises his eyes for yes and lowers them for no. He also uses a board to spell out questions.
"I asked him all the questions and basically I stewed on it and I let the RIC administration know," the father said. Then he asked his son what he wanted to do. “He told me, 'Yes, I want to file charges.’
“I’m proud of him for saying something,’’ his father said.
He believes Chicago police, prosecutors and the institute conducted a thorough investigation.
"The police and the state's attorney’s office have been very outgoing with me and keeping me updated with what's going on,’’ he said. “I think they’ve done a good job."
“That type of stuff runs through your mind. You think about the facility. They deal with children and all different kinds of injures and people that are basically vulnerable to begin with. That’s what really floored me.’’
He said he's well acquainted with the instutute's entire nursing staff and all of them, except for Flores, have been exceptional.
“He was the only one I didn't really know,’’ the father said. “The rest of the staff is unbelievable.
“He (Flores) didn’t really say much to me. Most say, ‘Hi I have your son tonight.’ And he was the only one who was kind of different.’’
“They are they are the No. 1 rehabilitation place in the country,’’ he said of the institute. “They do wonderful things there.’’
His son, who remains an active member of the military, was a sharpshooter and did a tour of duty in Afghanistan from June of 2011 until August of 2012. He said his son suffered an injury in May that that left him a with quadriplegia and that the father believes was related to his combat, but he didn't want discuss the injury in detail.
During the son's first week at the institute, hospital staff taught them how to communicate with one another.
“Mentally, he’s 100 percent there,’’ his father said. “Him and I rattle through a conversation pretty good."
He hopes his son will be able to speak down the road. The father says he does his best to stay upbeat.
“It's life. . .You learn to adapt and move on. You never know one day to the next what’s going on. . .With our family, we’ve learned to adapt," he said. “We’re working on getting him back home.’’
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