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Cary man charged with making ‘physical contact’ with minor at Lake in the Hills swim school

Daniel Flores

A 21-year-old Cary man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges he made harassing and inappropriate contact with a 16-year-old child at the Bear Paddle swim school in Lake in the Hills.

Daniel Flores, of the 100 block of Ann Street, is charged with five counts of felony aggravated battery, one count of felony unlawful restraint, four counts of misdemeanor criminal sexual abuse and six counts of misdemeanor battery.

Flores is accused of “knowingly [making] physical contact of an insulting nature with [a] 16-year-old,” according to the criminal complaint filed at the McHenry County courthouse. The charges allege that he “grabbed,” “touched” or “grasped” the minor inappropriately multiple times on separate occasions during September, according to the amended indictment.

On one occasion, Flores is accused of trapping the child in a shower stall and blocking her from exiting the stall with his body, according to the amended indictment.

On another date he allegedly caused a torpedo-shaped pool toy to make contact “in a harassing nature” with the minor’s backside and “forcefully” rubbing her leg, according to the complaint and amended indictment.

Should he be convicted on the most serious charge, the Class 3 felony, Flores could be sentenced to two to five years in prison. If convicted on the misdemeanor charges, he could be sentenced to less than a year in jail or periodic imprisonment, up to two years of probation or conditional discharge.

Attempts to reach the swim school’s headquarters in Minnesota were unsuccessful.

Flores, whose attorney Matthew Haiduk declined to comment, is due back in court March 22.