Final Court Update: Herpes Came From Another Man
Charges against Giron reduced to a misdemeanor after revelations in court.
When it became clear Allen Giron, 19, of Glenview, was not the man who transmitted herpes to a 13-year-old girl, felony criminal sexual abuse charges against him were reduced to a misdemeanor July 1 in the Skokie branch of Cook County Criminal Court.
Giron pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of criminal sexual abuse for engaging in sexual contact with the victim. He was sentenced to two years probation and must report as a sexual offender for 10 years. He can have no contact with the victim.
Giron was originally charged after police were notified of Giron’s meetings with the victim by the girl’s sister, who told police that the teen had “at least two sexual encounters” with Giron and had recently been diagnosed with herpes by a doctor.
Giron and the Des Plaines girl originally met on Facebook, according to statements Giron attorney Steven Goldman made in court Jan. 31.
After Goldman asked Chambers for a pre trial investigation April 13 things began to change.
“Mr. Giron was not the person who gave her herpes,” Assistant State’s Attorney Cathy Crowley told Judge Timothy Chambers. “This [agreement] is being done with the consent of the victim and her family. They chose not to be present in court.”
Goldman said Giron tested negative for the disease.
Crowley alluded to Giron’s emotional state and indicated the victim, though his junior, helped entice the defendant into the relationship. He will also have to undergo counseling. “It may be good for him,” Crowley said.
After Giron agreed to give up his right to a trial and accept the fact he could receive 364 days in jail as a result of the guilty plea, Chambers accepted the agreement and imposed probation.