Michigan Convicted Rapist Granted Joint Custody of Rape Baby

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Christopher Mirasolo, 33, has recently been granted joint custody with a rape baby that he helped father after raping the victim nine years ago.

Mirasolo of Brown City won joint legal custody of his 8-year-old mistake granted to him by Judge Gregory S. Ross after DNA testing established paternity of the child.

According to Detroit News:

The case, initially reported on “The Steve Gruber Show,” a Lansing-based radio program, is believed the first of its kind in Michigan and possibly the nation. According to the victim and Kiessling, it was prompted after the county surveyed the victim regarding child support she had received this past year.

Kiessling is the victim’s attorney representing her during the proceedings.

“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 be fair, Mirasolo did not seek joint custody of the child. Custody was granted to him however, when the victim sought to receive government assistance to help support the child. A paternity test was done to confirm the child of the father. Like Maury says, “Christopher, you are the father!”

News reports indicate after receiving the results of the test, Judge Ross revealed the address of his victim and child’s mother and ordered that Mirasolo’s name be added to the child’s birth certificate without consent of the mother who was only 12 at the time of the rape. Kiessling argued that it was in direct conflict with the federal Rape Survivor Child Custody Act.

“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.

According to Kiessling, the victim was notified that she would not be able to move more than 100 miles away from where she was living when the case was filed forcing her to move back immediately or be held in contempt of court.

According to Kiessling, Mirasolo forcibly raped and threatened to kill her client, now 21, nine years ago when the woman was 12. Mirasolo was 18 when the incident occurred in September 2008.

“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.”

Mirasolo was arrested one month later after the 12-year-old’s pregnancy was revealed.

Mirasolo is no stranger to sexual assault and rape. In 2010, Mirasolo tickled his fancy with another young girl between the ages of 13 and 15. He was charged and convicted and only served four years on that offense according to Kiessling.

Mirasolo’s attorney, Barbara Yockey, said that Mirasolo’s future involvement with the child is up in the air and refused to discuss his past criminal history.

“Chris was notified of the paternity matter and an order of filiation was issued last month by the court saying he had joint legal custody and reasonable visitation privileges,” she said. “He never initiated this. It was something routinely done by the prosecutor’s office when a party makes application for state assistance.

“I don’t know what his plans or intentions might be regarding any future relationship with the child,” Yockey said. “This might be something we will have a conversation about, but he has not been served with any other court papers and is not scheduled to be in court.”

Meanwhile, the rape victim’s family suggested abortion or giving the child up for adoption. She did neither.

“To her credit, she said she didn’t want the baby to be a victim, too,” said Kiessling. “She dropped out of school, went to live with relatives out of state and worked jobs to try and support herself.”

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