Man indicted on child sex abuse charges

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A Shelby County grand jury has returned a two-count indictment against a 35-year-old Alabaster man, upholding charges of first-degree sodomy and sexual abuse of a child, and he is now awaiting trial in Shelby County Circuit Court.

Giron-Orantes

The grand jury upheld the charges during its May term against Carlos Edward Giron-Orantes, who lists an address on Redwood Drive in Alabaster.

Alabaster police arrested Giron-Orantes on Sept. 29, 2018, and charged him with the two crimes after officers responded to a report of sexual abuse involving a child younger than 12 and investigating the case.

First-degree sodomy is a Class A felony, and is punishable by up to life in prison upon conviction. Sexual abuse of a child is a Class B felony, and carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison upon conviction.

According to Giron-Orantes’ arrest warrants, he allegedly forced the victim to perform sex acts on him and engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with the victim between Dec. 1, 2017, and Sept. 26 of this year.

“The Alabaster Police Department works extremely hard to protect children and seek justice on their behalf,” APD Det. Paul Johnson wrote in a statement at the time of the arrest.