Monday, 9 October 2017

Rapist gets joint custody of his victim’s child

Rapist gets joint custody of his victim's child

A rapist has been granted joint custody of the child his victim gave birth to after the attack. Christopher Mirasolo, 27, was convicted of attacking the then-12-year-old nine years ago in Sanilac County, Michigan, and served six-and-a-half months in a county jail. 

Judge Gregory S. Ross awarded joint legal custody and parenting time to Mirasolo, and gave him his victim’s home address without her consent. However, it’s believed the rapist did not initiate the case, and does not have plans to be involved with the child. According to Rebecca Kiessling, who is representing the victim, Mirasolo only served a short sentence because he was convicted of ‘attempted’ rape, even though the victim was pregnant. After his release, he committed another offence and was apparently jailed again for a further four years.

In a statement, Kiessling said they were appealing the decision. ‘This case is believed to be the first case of its kind in Michigan, and perhaps in the US, in which a rape victim will seek protection under the new Rape Survivor Child Custody Act and proves why a rape conviction should not be required.’ Speaking about it on The Steve Gruber Show on local radio, Kiessling added that it was ‘insane’.

She said: ‘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 victimising my client, who was a child herself when this all happened.’ Ms Kiessling told Detroit News: ‘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. ‘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.’

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