A woman who was raped when she was just 12 years old has been ordered by a Judge in Sanilac County Michigan to now share legal custody and parenting rights with her rapist!
The woman and her 8-year-old child were first told they had to leave their home in Florida and return to Michigan because Judge Gregory S. Ross of the 24th Circuit Court Family Division had granted both joint legal custody and parenting time to Christopher Mirasolo. Mirasolo raped the woman when she was 12 and he was 19. However, in that case he was only sentenced to 6 and a half months in the county jail. After his release he raped again and this time served 4 years in prison. Despite all of this, the Judge and the County Prosecutor, James V. Young, saw fit to grant Mirasolo joint legal custody and parenting time with the child.
As if that wasn’t enough the Judge also restricted the child’s domicile, residence and shared the address of the victim with the convicted sex offender. According to a statement released by the woman’s attorney, Rebecca Kiessling “this was all done without the knowledge or consent of the victim.”
“This is absolutely outrageous,” said another attorney associated with the case, William Wagner of the Great Lakes Justice Center. Appearing on The Steve Gruber Show Wagner said it is a shocking decision by both the Judge and the Prosecutor. “This is absolutely ridiculous and that’s why the victim sought help from Michigan Right to Life,” which strongly opposes such an order.
Rape of a minor under 12 years of age by an adult older than 17 can carry a penalty of life in prison but not less than 25 years. However, the Prosecutors office pled the matter down to a third degree criminal sexual assault, which resulted in, the original short stay in the County Jail.
Both the Federal government and the State of Michigan have laws prohibiting such abuses as those displayed by Judge Ross or Prosecutor Young but they seemed to have not been swayed by the facts of the case.
Rebecca Kiessling, herself the child of a rape, is taking the woman’s case pro bono on behalf of her foundation, Hope After Rape Conception.