A Michigan judge has awarded “parenting time and joint legal custody” of a child to a convicted sex offender who allegedly raped the child’s mother nearly a decade ago. Christopher Mirasolo was granted joint legal custody after a DNA test found he was the eight-year-old boy’s father. Rebecca Kiessling, the attorney for the boy’s mother, said that when Mirasolo was 18, he “forcibly raped and threatened to kill her client nine years ago when the woman was 12.” The alleged assault took place in September 2008. Mirasolo was charged with rape but eventually pleaded to third-degree criminal sexual conduct and served less than a year in jail. The judge, Gregory S. Ross, ordered that Mirasolo’s name be added to the birth certificate without the woman’s knowledge, according to Kiessling, who says she was told her client granted consent. “She has never been asked to do this and certainly never signed anything,” Kiessling said. The first hearing to start addressing the questions before the court will be on October 25.
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