Sex offender who impregnated 12-year-old girl will not attempt to see child after being awarded shared custody
A convicted sex offender who impregnated a 12-year-old girl will not try to see the child after being awarded joint custody of the now 8-year-old child, his lawyer says.
A judge had granted parental rights to Michigan resident Christopher Mirasolo, who attacked a preteen nine years ago but served less than a year.
Mirasolo, now 27, was accused of kidnapping the girl and keeping her captive in a house for two days. He pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree criminal sexual conduct in the 2008 attack after initially being charged with rape.
"The plea deal was atrocious as well," the victim's lawyer Rebecca Kiessling told ABC 13.
Kiessling said Mirasolo later attacked another teenage girl and served four more years.
A custody case was started after Sanilac County in Michigan checked into the issue of child support. Mirasolo's lawyer Barbara Yockey said Mirasolo is "not going to attempt to see the child, no," according to ABC 13.
Kiessling blames prosecutors for much of what happened, pointing to the light sentences that Mirasolo received. She said better laws need to be on the books to protect rape victims and their children.
"First of all, a rape victim should not have to be tethered to her rapists for 18 years," Kiessling told ABC 13. "She deserves to be fully protected from her rapists, as well as the child. Secondly, we've had several women in our organization conceived in rape, and their biological rapist fathers used visits to molest them as well.
"Someone who raped is unfit to be a parent, they don't respect basic boundaries, so they shouldn't be a parent. You also shouldn't be able to benefit from your crime."