Under liberal leadership, Michigan is facing a lot of problems. The Flint water crisis, Sharia law in Dearborn, and sanctuary cities are just a few of them. Now, a judge in Sanilac County is granting parenting time and joint-custody of an eight-year-old boy to a convicted child rapist.
The boy’s mother was only 12 when he sexually assaulted her.
Significantly, in 2008 Christopher Mirasolo forcibly raped and threatened to kill the victim. “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,” says the victim’s attorney Rebecca Kiessling. The girls thought they were going to eat someplace like McDonalds. Instead, a nightmare ensued:
“He tossed their cellphones away, drove to Detroit where he stole gas from a station and then drove back to Sanilac County. Mirasolo 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.”
Consequently, Mirasolo’s arrest came one month after the assault at which time the victim was pregnant. However, being a first-time offender, county prosecutors gave him a plea deal. Reducing the charge to attempted third-degree sexual misconduct, Mirasolo received a sentence of one-year in the county jail. He only served six and half months.
Two years later, he rapes another child between the ages of 13 and 15 and serves only four years in prison.
Nevertheless, Sanilac County District Court Judge Gregory S. Ross is giving Mirasolo parenting time and joint-custody of his victim’s child. The 27-year old also has her address and Ross is adding his name to the child’s birth certificate. All of this is being done, without the mother’s consent and absent a court hearing. DNA proves he is the father.
Incidentally, this is the first case of its kind in the nation. And, it’s happening because the victim is receiving state help for her child. Speaking to The Detroit News, she feels it’s about money. “I was receiving about $260 a month in food stamps and health insurance for him,” she says. “I guess they’re trying to see how to get some of the money back.”
Kiessling is appealing the ruling, seeking protection for the victim under the federal Rape Survivor Child Custody Act. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25.