It appears that backlash against a decision by Judge Gregory S. Ross to award Christopher Mirasolo joint custody of an eight-year-old child who was born after Mirasolo was convicted of forcibly raping a 12-year-old when he was 19 is having an impact on protecting the child and mom from the convicted rapist. As reported by the Inquisitr, Mirasolo’s crime went viral after news broke that the now 27-year-old learned he was indeed the father of the eight-year-old child after a DNA test was performed.
Outrage at Judge Ross’ decision to grant Christopher shared custody of the child grew, especially upon learning that the rape victim’s address was shared with Mirasolo while the victim was ordered to return to Michigan and live within 100 miles of Mirasolo or else be held in contempt of court.
According to WILX, Mirasolo won’t seek a relationship with the child in question and also will not contact the rape victim. The settlement allegedly involves the convicted sex offender making child support payments to the child that he fathered via rape. However, a below interview with the rape victim features “Tiffany” saying that she won’t stop fighting until Mirasolo’s name is removed from her child’s birth certificate, and rape victims like her are protected from injustice. Rebecca Kiessling, the rape victim’s lawyer, noted that Mirasolo did not request joint custody of the child, but she alleged that the prosecutor’s office submitted a form that did not include the rape victim’s signature, as seen in the below video.
As reported by Detroit News, the news of Judge Ross’ decision to award joint custody to Christopher reverberated around the world and brought a reaction from Mirasolo’s second sexual assault victim. The Port Huron woman said that Mirasolo should not be near children; at least not without some other party in the room at all times.
“When I read the [Detroit News] article, I was disgusted. I guess there is no way they can do anything to him, because he has already served sentences in both cases. But there is no way he should have custody. And I don’t think he should even be allowed around any children without supervision.”
Sanilac County Judge Gregory S. Ross is still gaining a big reaction online in the wake of his decision. There are nearly 14,000 signatures have been garnered on The Petition Site for a petition that seeks to have Judge Ross disbarred and permanently removed from the bench.
Mirasolo’s rape victim gave an interview to The Steve Gruber Show, as can be heard on Podbean.com. Gruber speaks about Mirasolo still being on the streets today as his child and victim, who went only by the name “Tiffany,” was ordered to move within 100 miles of Christopher. Tiffany said that she was scared to come back, but noted that she would’ve gone to jail if she had tried to protect her child by keeping him away from Mirasolo.
“Part of me didn’t want to come back home because I was scared. I would’ve got contempt of court if I hadn’t shown. I would’ve been thrown in jail. I didn’t talk about it, I tried to put it behind me, but that’s never possible. You never forget what happens.”
Tiffany said that her child does not want to see Mirasolo. Meanwhile, critics are charging that if Mirasolo was properly convicted and charged in 2008, Christopher could not have raped his second sexual assault victim in March 2010. That rape victim was taken to the same home in Brown City where Tiffany was raped. Tiffany said that authorities did not perform a rape kit after reporting her rape, and instead, they charged Tiffany a fine for trespassing into the home where Mirasolo held her captive for two days. She also got in trouble for a curfew violation even though she was held against her wishes.
The 2010 rape victim said Mirasolo raped her in an apartment after pursuing her there and bringing brass knuckles with him. She did have a rape kit performed on her and was not impregnated by Mirasolo. That rape victim said yes to a plea deal after dire warnings about what could happen in court.
“I was told if I went into court it would just be my word against his, no guarantees. I was never called into court, and that was OK. I was very uncomfortable about going in front of a roomful of people telling them what had happened. I was young. I was afraid. And I was afraid of him. I just wanted some punishment.”
[Featured Image by Michigan Department of Corrections]