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Man accused of raping 12-year-old girl awarded joint custody of her child

Posted at 6:47 PM, Oct 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-09 18:47:10-04

DETROIT, MI--- A Michigan man who allegedly raped a woman when she was only 12-years-old was recently awarded joint custody of her child, The Detroit News reports.

Christopher Mirasolo, a now 27-year-old sex offender, was granted parental rights of the victim's 8-year-old son after a DNA test concluded he was the father, according to the victim's attorney, Rebecca Kiessling.

He allegedly held the victim, her sister and a friend "captive" for two days in 2008  -- threatening to kill them if they told anyone what happened, Kiessling told The Detroit News. Mirasolo was 18 at the time.

Police arrested him a month later when the victim discovered she was pregnant. A conviction carries a prison sentence of at least 25 years, but he was given a plea deal for attempted third-degree criminal sexual conduct. 

Mirasolo was then sentenced to one year in jail but only served six and a half months before early release so he could care for his sick mother, according to Kiessling. In 2010, he reportedly served an additional four years for sexual assault against a victim between the ages of 13 and 15.

Kiessling said the prosecutor's office recently told her client she needed to move from Florida back to Michigan so that Mirasolo could be near the child. 

The judge also ordered Mirasolo’s name to be added to the child’s birth certificate without the victim’s consent,  according to The Detroit News.

Kiessling said she is currently seeking protection for her client, now 21, under the federal Rape Survivor Child Custody Act. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25.