Christopher Mirasolo, 27, of Brown City Michigan was awarded joint custody by Judge Gregory S. Ross of his victim’s child.
Nine years ago, when his victim was twelve years old, Mirasolo kidnapped the victim and her sister, after asking them if they wanted a ride.
According to the Detroit News, the victim’s attorney reveals Mirasolo took their cellphones and, kept the girls captive for two days and “threatened to kill them if they told anyone what happened.”
Mirasolo raped the girls and when he was later arrested, she was pregnant with his child.
Unbelievably, the man is now being awarded custody of that child.
The Detroit News reports:
Christopher Mirasolo, 27, of Brown City was awarded joint legal custody by Judge Gregory S. Ross after DNA testing established paternity of the child, according to the victim’s attorney, Rebecca Kiessling, who is seeking protection under the federal Rape Survivor Child Custody Act. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25.
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.
“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.”
Ross disclosed the rape victim’s address to Mirasolo and ordered Mirasolo’s name to be added to the child’s birth certificate — all without the victim’s consent or a hearing, according to Kiessling.
Unfortunately, Mirasolo didn’t spend the rest of his life in prison. He technically should have received life or no less than 25 years, but he only served six months in a county jail. After he was released, he soon raped another child.
Detroit News continues:
While the assault potentially carried a penalty of life or any term of years but not less than 25 years, Mirasolo was given a plea deal by the Sanilac County Prosecutor’s Office for attempted third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Mirasolo was sentenced to one year in the county jail but only served six and a half months before early release so he could care for his sick mother, Kiessling said.
“She (client) and her family was told first-time sex offenders weren’t sent to prison because people come out worse after they go there,” said Kiessling.
In March 2010, Mirasolo committed a sex assault on a victim between the ages of 13 and 15 years old. He served only four years for that second offense, Kiessling said.
Again, he’s free and now he’s been awarded custody of a child. This is truly beyond insane.
The judge actually gave a girl’s address to the man who kidnapped and raped her when she was a child. This judge’s decision should be overturned immediately. If he made this decision knowing of the sex offenses on Mirasolo’s record, he should step down as judge.
The victim was not identified in news reports, as it is often a policy not to reveal the identities of victims of sexual assault. Fortunately, the Detroit News has more integrity than Judge Gregory S. Ross.