Prosecutor's office speaks out after MI rapist gets joint custody

Christopher Mirasolo

Christopher Mirasolo

Judge Gregory Ross of Sanilac County awarded joint legal custody of the 8-year-old child to the convicted sex offender, 27-year-old Christopher Mirasolo, report the Detroit News and the Port Huron Times Herald in a story published by USA Today.

"The Judge also restricted the child's domicile and residence, disclosed the rape victim's home address to her rapist, and ordered his name on the birth certificate - all without the mother's consent or any opportunity to be heard", Kiessling said. Mirasolo was 18 at the time.

Mirasolo's attorney has said it's unclear what, if any, role her client (THE RAPIST) will have in the child's life.

In March 2010, Mirasolo raped a girl between the ages of 13 and 15 but was only jailed for four years, Kiessling said. Her lawyer said her client gave no consent and had not requested joint custody. He was paroled on July 13, 2016, according to the state's Department of Corrections.

"Everyone told me it wouldn't happen or go through, but here we are and it's happening now", the victim said.

Mirasolo was contacted and given a copy of the complaint for paternity. He spoke with his attorney and returned on August 16 and requested DNA testing, according to the statement.

The statement also outlined that even though Mirasolo has been given legal joint custody of the child, he never requested that right.

The prosecutor's office said Mirasolo signed a standard order that is used in all paternity cases and it was sent to the Friend of the Court on September 21.

The victim's attorney, Rebecca Kiessling, said a "consent judgment of filiation" was prepared by the family support division and entered by the court without the mother's consent.

The process was set in motion after the mother applied for food stamps and was required to name the child's father.

Kiessling filed objections Friday with Ross.

Kiessling is seeking protection for her client under the federal Rape Survivor Child Custody Act, which was put in place by the Obama administration in 2015 to provide more funding to sexual assault victims "if they allowed courts to terminate the parental rights of an individual found to have committed rape against another person that resulted in the conception of a child", wrote the BBC.

Protesters plan to hold a rally in support of victims' rights before the October 25 hearing, according to an event listing on Facebook.

Mirasolo's attorney told The Detroit News he did not initiate court proceedings and said he's unsure if he will pursue a relationship with the victim's child. In an apparent attempt to recoup that money, Judge Ross ordered a DNA test to establish paternity and compel the rapist to pay child support.

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