SANILAC COUNTY, MI (RNN) - A convicted sex offender received joint custody of the 8-year-old son of his victim.
County Circuit Judge Gregory S. Ross granted custody and parenting time to Christopher Mirasolo, 27, according to The Detroit News. The case was prompted by a survey of the victim for child support she had received.
Mirasolo pleaded guilty in 2009 to third-degree criminal sexual conduct against a 12-year-old girl, who is the child's mother. Mirasolo was 18 at the time.
"This is insane," said Rebecca Kiessling, the victim's attorney. "Nothing has been right about this since it was originally investigated. He was never properly charged and should still be sitting behind bars somewhere, but the system is victimizing my client, who was a child herself when this all happened."
The attorney said the judge disclosed her client's current address to Mirasolo and ordered the biological father's name be added to the child's birth certificate. Kiessling filed objections with the court Friday, and another hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25.
Mirasolo served just over six months for the crime, being granted early release. He also pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct with a child between 13 and 15 in 2010, and served four years for the second offense.
His attorney, Barbara Yockey, said to Detroit News that Mirasolo did not initiate the custody proceedings, and it was unclear what his plans were on a relationship with the child.
"He never initiated this,' Yockey said. "It was something routinely done by the prosecutor’s office when a party makes application for state assistance."
The victim spoke with Detroit News, calling the case "crazy" and adding she never got an explanation on the proceedings.
"I was receiving about $260 a month in food stamps for me and my son and health insurance for him," she said. "I guess they were trying to see how to get some of the money back."
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