You would think the law would be toughest on people who abuse and exploit children. But in Michigan, a man named Christopher Mirasolo who raped a 12-year-old girl, was just given joint custody of the child that was conceived during the sexual assault. The rape occurred nine years ago when the victim was just a little girl. And on October 6, the Sanliac County Michigan Circuit Judge Gregory S. Ross agreed to grant the rapist legal custody and parenting time with the 8-year-old boy that was a product of rape.
Mirasolo, the rapist, couldn’t be happier to have won in court over the victim he abused years before.
The victim cannot believe that justice has failed her. Although Mirasolo was convicted of raping her when she was just a little girl, Judge Ross decided to award him joint custody of the child who was conceived in the act.
“I think this is all crazy,” the victim told The Detroit News. She has asked to remain anonymous to protect herself and her child. “[The officials] never explained anything to me.”
The victim feels that the court went over her head to give custody to the very man who ruined her life.
Meanwhile, the rapist’s attorney, Barbara Yockey, said that Mirasolo “never initiated this [custody hearing]. It was something routinely done by the prosecutor’s office when a party makes application for state assistance.”
The victim’s attorney, Rebecca Kiessling, was also outraged that the court had initiated the rapist’s paternal custody hearing.
“After the county surveyed the victim regarding child support she had received this past year,” Kiessling said, Michigan decided to see if Mirasolo could gain custody of the boy as product of rape.
As a victim of rape as a child, the unnamed victim has been trying to move forward in life. Now that her child has to see the man who ruined her life on a regular basis, she feels she cannot move forward. The state has taken that away from her.
“I was receiving about $260 a month in food stamps for me and my son and health insurance for him. I guess they were trying to see how to get some of the money back.”
Instead of supporting this victim of sexual assault, the court has decided to pair her with the man who raped her for the rest of her child’s life.
Because the victim needed state support to help her and her child thrive, they demanded a DNA test to establish paternity of the boy. They confirmed that the rapist Mirasolo was the father and then proceeded to grant him custody.
“This is insane,” Kiessling 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 victimizing my client, who was a child herself when this all happened.”
The victim as 12 when then 18-year-old Mirasolo kidnapped her in 2008 and kept her trapped in a home while he raped her. He threatened to kill the victim if she told on him. This is the man that Michigan state has given custody to another child.