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October 10, 2017
(SANILAC COUNTY, MI.) -- A Sanilac County judge has granted parenting time and "joint legal custody" of an 8-year-old boy to a convicted sex offender who allegedly raped the child’s mother nine years ago.
Sanilac County, pop. 43,000 is part of the "Thumb" of Michigan and is home to the cities of Lexington, Port Sanilac, Carsonville and others.
The Detroit News reports that Christopher Mirasolo, 27, of Brown City was awarded joint legal custody by Judge Gregory S. Ross after DNA tests established paternity of the child, according to the victim’s attorney.
That attorney, Rebecca Kiessling is now seeking protection for her client under the federal Rape Survivor Child Custody Act. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25.
The paper reported the case is believed the first of its kind in Michigan and possibly the nation.
According to the victim and attorney Kiessling, the judge's ruling came after the county surveyed the victim regarding child support she had received this past year.
Kiessling called Judge Ross's ruling "insane," adding, according to the newspaper report, “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."
According to Kiessling, judge 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.
Then there is the "100 mile" ruling for the rape victim/mother of the child. Kiessling told the Detroit News her client was notified she was “not allowed to move 100 miles from where she had been living when the case was filed, without court consent.”
“So the prosecutor told her she had to come home immediately or she would be held in contempt of court,” Kiessling said.
Details on the case here .