A convicted sex offender in Michigan has been granted parenting time and legal joint custody for an 8-year old boy, allegedly conceived after he raped the child’s mother nine years ago.
27-year-old Christopher Mirasolo of Brown City was awarded the custody by Judge Gregory Ross after DNA testing determined the child to be a match.
The mother of the boy -who is unnamed but represented by attorney Rebecca Kiessling- is currently seeking protection under the federal Rape Survivor Child Custody Act, with a hearing scheduled for October 25.
Both the victim and her attorney say the entire affair has been nightmarish, considering the circumstances.
“This is insane,” said Kiessling, who filed objections Friday with Ross. “Nothing has been right about this since it was originally investigated. He was never properly charged and should still be sitting behind bars somewhere, but the system is victimizing my client, who was a child herself when this all happened.”
To make matters worse, Ross disclosed the rape victim’s address to Mirasolo and ordered Mirasolo’s name to be added to the child’s birth certificate without the victim’s consent.
“An assistant prosecutor on this, Eric Scott, told me she had granted her consent, which was a lie- she has never been asked to do this and certainly never signed anything,” Kiessling said.
While one might try and leave the state in order to escape one’s rapist, Kiessling claims that isn’t an option for her client- Judge Ross decreed that she is “not allowed to move 100 miles from where she had been living when the case was filed, without court consent.”
The client was forcibly raped at the age of 12 by an 18-year-old Mirasolo, according to her lawyer.
“She, her 13-year-old sister and a friend all slipped out of their house one night to meet a boy and the boy’s older friend, Mirasolo, showed up and asked if they wanted to go for a ride,” said Kiessling. “They thought they were going to McDonald’s or somewhere.
Instead, he tossed their cellphones away, drove to Detroit where he stole gas from a station and then drove back to Sanilac County, where he kept them captive for two days in a vacant house near a relative, finally releasing the older sister in a park. He threatened to kill them if they told anyone what happened.”
Unfortunately, a plea deal resulted in Mirasolo serving little time before being given early release to care for his ailing mother.
According to The Detroit News, Judge Ross was not available for comment as of last week.