Attorney: Man gets joint custody of child after allegedly raping, impregnating 12-year-old
NEW YORK (WPIX) — A man who allegedly raped a then 12-year-old girl was granted joint legal custody of the pair’s 8-year-old boy, according to the victim’s attorney.
Christopher Mirasolo, a now 27-year-old convicted sex offender, was awarded the custody rights after a DNA test confirmed he was the father, Rebecca Kiessling, the victim’s attorney said. He allegedly raped and threatened to kill the child’s mother nine years ago.
“The Judge also restricted the child’s domicile and residence, disclosed the rape victim’s home address to her rapist, and ordered his name on the birth certificate — all without the mother’s consent or any opportunity to be heard,” Kiessling said.
Mirasolo was arrested a month after the alleged rape, Kiessling said. A conviction carries a penalty of 25 years to life, but Mirasolo took a plea deal and served less than a year in prison on charges of just third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He later served an additional four years for a sexual assault against a victim between the ages of 13 and 15.
The victim was told by the prosecutor’s office she needed to move from Florida back to Michigan so that Mirasolo could be near the child, Kiessling said.
Mirasolo did not initiate any custody case, his attorney told The Detroit News.
“I don’t know what his plans or intentions might be regarding any future relationship with the child,” his attorney told The Detroit News. “This might be something we will have a conversation about, but he has not been served with any other court papers and is not scheduled to be in court.”