A Michigan judge awarded a rapist joint custody of a child that was conceived in the attack.
Nine years ago, Christopher Mirasolo was 18-years-old when he raped a 12-year-old girl named Rebecca Kiessling.
After Mirasolo raped Kiessling, she became pregnant and he was arrested about a month later. However, instead of an actual jail sentence, he took a plea deal charge: third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Instead of the 25-years to life that he should have been serving, he only served half a year in the county jail.
Kiessling said that she and her family were told that he was offered the plea deal because ““because people come out worse after they go there.” Ironically enough, he raped another woman shorty after he was released from jail.
After Mirasolo was released from jail, he raped again and served four years in prison, according to “The Steve Gruber Show,” a Lansing-area radio program that initially reported the judge’s decision. (For more Michigan news, sign up for real-time news alerts and free morning newsletters from your local Michigan Patch. If you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app.)
The now 21-year-old woman is fighting the decision made by Sanilac County Circuit Judge Gregory S. Ross to allow the monster back into her life.
“This is insane,” Kiessling told The Detroit News of the decision to give Mirasola joint custody of the child fathered in the alleged assault. “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.”
The second woman he raped said that she is absolutely disgusted to find out that he has been granted joint custody of the child. She said he shouldn’t have custody, “And I don’t think he should even be allowed around any children without supervision.”
The judge granted Mirasolo joint legal custody and visitation after a DNA test established he had fathered the child. The DNA test was ordered after county officials in Florida, where the woman now lives with her eight-year-old son, surveyed family assistance recipients about what kind of child support they receive. The woman told The Detroit News she has been receiving about $260 a month in food stamps, as well as health insurance for her son.
The judge ordered the woman and her son to return to Michigan so Mirasolo can develop a relationship with the boy. According to the order, she is “not allowed to move 100 miles from where she had been living when the case was filed, without court consent,” Kiessling told the Detroit newspaper.
Unbelievably, the judge gave Mirasolo the young mother’s address “without the knowledge or consent of the victim.”
Then, as if to add insult to injury, the judge also ordered that the rapist’s name be added to the child’s birth certificate.
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