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’.