A 27-year-old MI man has been granted permission by a judge to joint custody of a boy who was conceived after the man allegedly raped the mother.
Christopher Mirasolo, 27, of Brown City, was awarded joint legal custody and shared parenting time of the boy with an order signed on September 22 by Sanilac County Circuit Judge Gregory S. Ross, according to the victim's attorney, Rebecca Kiessling.
In an update to a case making headlines across the nation, a judge has put on a hold an order granting custody of an 8-year-old boy to his mother's rapist.
Despite the plea deal and conviction, Sanilac County Circuit Judge Gregory S. Ross granted him joint custody and prosecutors ordered the victim to move to MI from Florida so that Mirasolo could be close to their son, FOX59 reported.
'She (the victim) and her family was told first-time sex offenders weren't sent to prison because people come out worse after they go there, ' Kiessling told the News. "Nothing has been right about this since it was originally investigated".
Kiessling said her client's alleged rapist was never properly charged.
The case, which has made national and global headlines, began when the mother requested financial assistance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in July, Young said.
"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", she told the newspaper.
She said better laws need to be on the books to protect rape victims and their children.
The woman, who is not named but is now 21, claims the ordeal started when she sought a paternity test after she was surveyed about the yearly child support she receives. "They thought they were going to McDonald's or somewhere". Messages seeking comment from her attorney, Rebecca Kiessling, and a representative from the Sanilac County Prosecutor's Office have not been returned. She said he threatened to kill them if they told anyone what had happened.
Since being convicted in 2008, Mirasolo has been convicted of another sexual assault of a child and served four years in prison for it. "She dropped out of school, went to live with relatives out of state and worked jobs to try and support herself".
Mirasolo's attorney Barbara Yockey says he did not make any move towards official paternity himself, and it's unclear if he has any interest in parental rights.
The custody was part of an agreement reached for Mirasolo to pay child support after the mother applied for food assistance, Yockey explained.