Michigan, War on Women — October 10, 2017 at 9:16 am

ACTION: Let’s get the judge who awarded a serial child rapist joint custody with his rape victim off the bench

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More details have emerged in the disgusting story of Sanilac County Probate judge Gregory S. Ross who awarded a serial child rapist joint custody with his rape victim who he impregnated when he raped her as a 12-year old child. The Detroit News is reporting that his second victim, a woman he raped when she was 14, has come forward to tell her story:

The second victim said she was 14 when she met Mirasolo through a friend in Deckerville and he invited her and a younger friend to go for a ride in his truck in March 2010.

“He said we were going to a McDonald’s, but next thing I knew we were going miles away to a house he wanted to show us,” she recalled.

She said Mirasolo took them to a house on the outskirts of Brown City, believed to be owned by his parents.

Once inside, she said Mirasolo showed her a bathroom and tried to lock the door with the two of them inside.

“I shouted to my friend that we had to go,” she said. “Things didn’t feel right and I wanted out of there.”

Mirasolo dropped the woman’s friend off, the second victim said.

“I didn’t want him to see where I lived, so I asked him to take me to an apartment nearby where I had left some belongings,” she said. “I went inside and didn’t know he had followed right behind.”

She said Mirasolo, who was armed with brass knuckles, raped her in the apartment.

Fortunately she didn’t get pregnant. She agreed to a plea deal that lessened Mirasolo’s 25 year-to-life prison sentence to only four years because she was, “told if [she] went into court it would just be [her] word against his, no guarantees.”

What Mirasolo did to this second child rape victim is frighteningly similar to what he did to his first victim and her older sister. However, in that first case, the 12-year old kidnap and rape victim DID get pregnant. Her story since then is heartbreaking:

Tuesday morning, the woman, who identified herself as “Tiffany,” appeared on The Steve Gruber Show, which streams online at stevegruber.com. She said she was living in Florida and when she went to change her address was told there was a court order for her to return to Michigan.

“Part of me didn’t want to come back home because I was scared,” she said on the radio show. “I would’ve got contempt of court if I hadn’t shown. I would’ve been thrown in jail.”

Tiffany said she felt “so alone, by myself” over the last nine years since her assault.

“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 a judge decided to put the rapist’s name on her son’s birth certificate.

“(I’d been told), he’d have to fight for any kind of rights,” Tiffany said. “Then this judge just hands him these rights, like he deserves them.”

Her son, she said, wants nothing to do with the man.

The attorney for Mirasolo’s first rape victim has filed for protection for her under the federal Rape Survivor Child Custody Act. You can read her motion HERE. This part spells it out clearly:

Plaintiff and the minor child’s rights have been violated by the entry of the Order of Filiation. Plaintiff never consented to sexual intercourse with Defendant, never consented to his plea bargain, never consented to her address being provided to her rapist, and never consented to any of the terms in the Judgment of Filiation.

The Judgment of Filiation she mentions is the court order by Judge Ross that “awarded joint legal custody, restricted the child’s domicile and residence, granted parenting time, disclosed Plaintiff’s address to Defendant, and ordered payment of a birth record fee (presumably to place Defendant’s name on the birth certificate) — all without plaintiff’s consent or any opportunity to be heard.” In the motion, she also says that Mirasolo, now a registered sex offender who lists his address as that of his father, is actually living with his mother across the street from a school, a clear violation of the sex offender law. “Hence,” she writes, “This Court granted joint legal custody and parenting time to a convicted sex offender who, according to the state legislature, should still be in prison throughout the duration of the minor child’s childhood.”

The most effective way to get Judge Ross off the bench – and it is indisputable that he SHOULD be off the bench – is to go through the grievance process of the State of Michigan’s Judicial Tenure Commission. From their website:

Anyone can file a complaint against a judicial officer in Michigan. Just download the Request for Investigation form … Please note that only judges, magistrates, and referees who serve in the Michigan state court system fall within the jurisdiction of the Commission, so it may not act concerning federal judges, administrative law judges, and attorneys.

The form is lengthy and will require some research as well as be notarized. But this is the most likely avenue to getting this man who is, as former Republican State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons put it, “at best is unaware of Michigan law, or at worst, places (a) rapist above victims.”

You do NOT have to be a Michigan resident to file the grievance.

You can also sign a petition HERE. That petition had a few hundred signatures when I first posted about this on Saturday. Today it has over 13,000. That said, a petition is all but useless in this situation. This will require filing a grievance with the Judicial Tenure Commission. The more they receive, the better.

NOTE: My initial post is HERE and a follow up which suggests that Judge Ross violated state law in his actions is HERE.

UPDATE: An important update to this story is HERE. It’s beginning to look like the most evil player in this sad drama is the County Prosecutor James V. Young. Judge Ross has stayed his motion. That said, he should still be removed from the bench as quickly as humanly possible.

UPDATE 2: An important update to this story is HERE. It’s beginning to look like the most evil player in this sad drama is the County Prosecutor James V. Young.

  • Kevin Hayden

    His profile is on lawyer.com and I gave him the lowest ratings there with a comment the day this got reported. I like your method better. This judge is a travesty.

  • Alex Sagady

    Ross has been reported as being a circuit judge, not a probate judge, in most coverage I’ve seen.

  • William

    The web site to access ‘Request for Investigation form’ is either down or the request times out, which may be due to overwhelming access to it (http://jtc.courts.mi.gov/file_a_grievance/how_to_file_a_grievance.php).
    Could I recommend that you update this article to put a copy of that form here?

    • I’d love to but I can’t get through either! I’ll try again in the morning.

  • William

    The guy is required to have a “[r]esponsible adult [be] present if with child 17 or under”.

    • Sonja Van Hoof

      He can still influence the child. And at 17 a lot of people are still very influencable. I hope the kid is well surrounded.

      • Sonja Van Hoof

        Or strong enough to resist

  • Shauna Pintarelli

    Someone needs to start a petition regarding the removal of these bad judges. This needs to include those who refuse to act against domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assaults. We need to stand up for our families bc the state is not

    • Petitions are basically useless for something like that. They make people feel like they are “doing something” when, in fact, they are not. Mostly they’re just a way to get email addresses from people.

      • Shauna Pintarelli

        such as change.org where you are able to notify certain government officials. I am not going to accept that we have to deal with a poor judiciary who has no requirement to act on DV, child abuse or sexual assault. it is the attitude of the people that keep is in this mess.

        • I’m not saying we are powerless. I’m saying we should choose methods that can actually DO SOMETHING. That is the whole point of this post: to give people information about how to take effective action. I consulted with several people who have dealt with shitty judges in the past and this route was the one they ALL recommended.

          And, yes, even Change.org petitions are largely email harvesting efforts.

          • Shauna Pintarelli

            I’ve deal with a crappy judge for the past 8 years one who ignores dv and child abuse. cps has taken my kids for somethubg that bever happened. I was able to get them back and have it expunged. however, even after notifying several attorneys and state officials I was ignored. there are no laws or push for these judges or government officials to act in a legal capacity so it just get a swept under the rug .

          • Did you use an online petition to get things dealt with?

  • Angry Mother

    What this Judge did is despicable and unethical. I am not an attorney but I know joint custody is not just granted to someone who files for financial assistance. Not only that, why is a rapist convicted twice walking around free?! Are they going to wait until he rapes another child? This is beyond sickening that the legal system has failed these two child rape victims and gave a sick monster who should be locked up parental rights. The judge only changed his tune after the media exposed what he did. He must be held accountable.

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