Man Who Rapped 12-Year-Old Girl Awarded Joint Custody of Her Child
A man who raped a 12-year-old girl was recently awarded joint custody of her child. The assault took place nine years ago and the girl became pregnant. The man was found to be the father of the child after a paternity test. The rape took place in 2008 and Mirasolo was convicted of the rape and child sexual assault.
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Mirasolo served less than a year on charges of third-degree criminal sexual assault
Christopher Mirasolo served less than a single year in jail for raping a 12-year-old girl nine years ago. The girl became pregnant following the assault. A paternity test later found that Mirasolo was the father. He received joint legal custody of the child. The judge also ordered that Mirasolo be named on the child’s birth certificate.
Mirasolo was initially sentenced to 25 years in prison for raping the girl, but he agreed to a plea deal after his arrest. Despite facing a life sentence, he only served seven months of a mandatory five-year sentence. He sexually assaulted another girl, 14, after he was released from prison. His lawyer declined to comment on the case.
Mirasolo also tossed away the victims’ cell phones and stole gas from a Detroit station. He then held the two girls captive for two days before releasing the older girl in a park. A month after the assault, Mirasolo was arrested. After the conviction, Mirasolo left school and moved with his mother.
Mirasolo’s lawyer says he should have been locked up for 25 years
The first victim identified Mirasolo as the child’s birth father and told the prosecutor’s office. Mirasolo complied with DNA testing and was determined to be the child’s biological father. But he did not file motions for custody or consent to paternity. The prosecutor argued that Mirasolo was the child’s father despite his lack of consent.
The News requested an interview with Mirasolo on Monday. His lawyer said “things have been happening” in the background of the case, but declined to provide specifics. He would not identify the victims of the sexual assaults and declined to comment on the case’s timeline.
Abelseth is seeking protection under the federal Rape Survivor Child Custody Act
In a March court hearing, Crysta Abelseth, now 32, claimed she was raped by a man twice her age. The alleged attack took place in 2005 when Abelseth was 16 years old. After the attack, she became pregnant with her daughter. She told others the pregnancy was not hers and hid the fact. When the accused rapist realized that the child was his, he returned to claim full custody of it.
The Rape Survivor Child Custody act was recently passed in the US Senate. It restricts the rights of rapists to seek custody of their children. It includes provisions that will give financial incentives to states that protect rape survivors and children. The act was introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). It was later included as an amendment to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015.