Michigan, War on Women — October 8, 2017 at 11:07 am

Michigan judge orders man who raped and impregnated a child to be given joint custody


In what can only be described as one of the most outrageous and heartbreaking acts of judicial misconduct for a very long time, Sanilac County Circuit Judge Gregory S. Ross awarded joint custody to Christopher Mirasolo of a child he fathered nine years ago when he raped a 12-year old. The child is now 8. The judge’s actions in this situation are beyond abhorrent:

Christopher Mirasolo, 27, of Brown City was awarded joint legal custody by Judge Gregory S. Ross after DNA testing established paternity of the child, according to the victim’s attorney, Rebecca Kiessling, who is seeking protection under the federal Rape Survivor Child Custody Act. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25. […]

Ross disclosed the rape victim’s address to Mirasolo and ordered Mirasolo’s name to be added to the child’s birth certificate — all without the victim’s consent or a hearing, according to Kiessling. […]

Mirasolo served only six and half months for the rape which involved kidnapping the child and holding her and her sister captive for two days. Since then he raped at least one other teenager and was sent to prison for four years for that.

Another disgusting aspect to this horrific story is that Mirasolo didn’t ask for joint custody. The judge took that upon himself, as part of an effort to save the state money in the form of public assistance for the rape victim by forcing Mirasolo to pay child support:

Barbara Yockey, Mirasolo’s attorney, said it’s unclear what her client’s future involvement — if any — will be with the child. She declined to discuss any of his past criminal cases.

“Chris was notified of the paternity matter and an order of filiation was issued last month by the court saying he had joint legal custody and reasonable visitation privileges,” she said. “He never initiated this. It was something routinely done by the prosecutor’s office when a party makes application for state assistance. […]

The woman spoke briefly Friday about her situation.

“I think this is all crazy,” she told The News. “They (officials) never explained anything to me. I was receiving about $260 a month in food stamps for me and my son and health insurance for him. I guess they were trying to see how to get some of the money back.”

This is The Handmaiden’s Tale come to life before our very eyes.

The universe weeps.

UPDATE: This post has been updated HERE.

UPDATE 2: Judge Ross did not have to do this. I explain why and share his contact information in an update to this post HERE.

UPDATE 3: Judge Ross has stayed his motion. That said, he should still be removed from the bench as quickly as humanly possible. Learn about how to help with that HERE.

UPDATE 4: 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.

  • Susan

    Revolting! I could understand requiring the monster to pay some sort of support. But joint custody and visitation????
    Anyway, why is this guy even walking the streets after committing rape TWICE?

    • WitsEnd66

      Statutory rape at that.

    • PeeGee

      Where did it say “visitation”? This appears to be a move to make him financially responsible, not an active co-parent.

      • Susan

        It says he was granted “reasonable visitation”. And the judge gave the rapist the address and phone number of his victim!

      • First paragraph of The Detroit News reporting. First sentence, actually:

        A Sanilac County Circuit judge has granted parenting time and joint legal custody of an 8-year-old boy to a convicted sex offender who allegedly raped the child’s mother nine years ago.

        Source: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/10/06/rape-victim-attacker-joint-child-custody/106374256/

        • BobFromDistrict9

          Allegedly? According to the article he was convicted. Allegedly is not appropriate. He raped the child.

          • Maybe the 12-year old gave consent. Oh. Wait…

  • Charles Ruggeri

    Revulsion doesn’t even touch the surface of this abomination to society….this fool should be removed from the bench immediately and ordered psych evaluations and then commitment papers….obviously the judge is delusional at best. Someone please find and advertise this judges contact information so that we can let him know what we think of him even though we are not able to be present in his courtroom…..If I was any way able to be there I would…this moron needs an examination of his faculties.

  • James Scott
    • Bob

      Thanks much. I’m passing this info along to the world.

  • Bob

    And what are people doing about it other than complain??? Now that I have his address, thanks to James Scott’s post below, I plan on writing to have this sicko removed from office. People in his district need to get a petition to remove him. He belongs in jail.

  • Connie Turner

    This is absolutely unconscionable, and beyond WRONG!

  • TeacherPattiS

    There is nothing right about this situation. Rape, rape, rape of a child, a 12 year old girl having a baby, a 12 year old girl leaving school, more rape by the rapist, and now this. The state of Michigan does this all the time to pay itself back for giving aid to moms.

    The thing that is mentioned briefly in the newspaper article but that I think needs more attention is the “100 mile rule”. In theory, it is so that if Ken (my husband) and I decide to have a baby and I get mad, I can’t take off with our nightmare of a kid (my genes are pretty fucked up, so the poor kid would be a mess). So if you have joint custody, I can’t try to alienate our kid from my babydaddy Ken by moving more than 100 miles away. It’s not a bad policy when things are good. If I get a job in New York, say, and wanted to leave, then I would have to get Ken’s permission or go to court and prove why it’s in the best interest of our kid for me to do so.

    (Sounds easy enough but when I practiced law, I had a case where a mom got a kick ass nursing job in Louisiana but the baby daddy–who never saw the kids, never paid child support, etc–objected and the court turned her down flat, so she had to make the choice between staying here at her minimum wage job and living with her parents but with her kids or going to make $25ish/hour without them).

    In this situation, the mom will also be held to those rules. She will not be able to move more than 100 miles away without getting the permission of her rapist or going to court to beg for permission (her rapist has the right to be at the hearing, of course).

    I get that parental alienation is real. But I also get that the victimization will not end until the child turns 18 (and who knows? could even linger on then)

  • strmlne

    This judge should be removed from the bench.

  • Cranky Old Man

    Michigan under the rule of RepubliKlans. So here is the admitted precedent – if you are poor you will get no justice, on the contrary, the courts will victimize you. The reason Republiklans squeeze every nickel they can from the working class? To afford more and more tax cuts for the super rich. They are an amoral cult of cowards, especially in Michigan – a Klan state in a northern latitude

  • C G Kehrer

    Judge Gregory Ross has two conflicting tasks before him in this Mirasolo matter:

    1. Be a protector of a mother and child from a pedophile and rapist;

    2. Be a debt collector for the county and state.

    In a contemptible decision, Judge Ross chose to be a bill collector rather than protect the helpless. With a minimum of compassion, judicial discretion and courage, Judge Ross could have done both—order the convicted pedophile to pay the county AND never have any contact with the mother or her son.

    In fact, “In August 2016, [Michigan] passed a law that allows a court to revoke parental rights if there’s clear and convincing evidence that a child was conceived through sexual assault.” http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/17/health/parental-rights-rapists-explainer/index.html.

    Perhaps, Sanilac (short for “lacking sanity”?) County needs the money to pay for an effective and equitable judiciary and staff.


    Welcome to white male privilege: It will lead to the death of America in less than decade. When mainstream media refuses to call a guy like Steve Bannon a neo-Nazi every time they cover him – You know this society will soon be toast.

  • BenjaminBrown

    Judge Gregory Ross ran unopposed in 2014, maybe just maybe it’s not a good idea to elect judges who usually run unopposed and are voted for by a small minority of voters who can be bothered to vote in local elections. Not all of which necessarily have any clue whether someone is qualified to be a judge necessarily.

  • ShiningStar00

    This is teabagger heaven, where rape victim kids are forced to live with the rapist so that the baggers don’t have to pay no taxes to support no “welfare moochers.”

  • colgategirl

    Classic CLASSIC example of the court system failing to protect its innocent victims.
    Not only did it fail in protecting the two kidnapped sisters since the rapist was immediately released but it also failed to protect the other victim who got raped during the same period, and is now failing to protect the rapist’s own child who is doubly innoent in all of this and who is likely to be raped by their own father during the custody period.
    I cannot emphasise enough how WRONG and UNJUST this justice system is.
    How on earth could anyone in the world come up with this solution and think it just???
    It revolts me that child could have been me and not only would I have to face the horror of seen my rapist again which would totally mess with my head all over again after years of therapy, but I would have to give him access to my child which he could rape just like ‘me’. 😱
    As a MOTHER it sends shivers down my back and makes me want to sue the court that assigned custody of the rapist’s child to the rapist. I cannot envisage the horror behind this. The cruelty. The sheer wrongness behind this ruling.
    And all because the courts wants to save state MONEY?
    How about saving LIVES and putting LIVES as priority instead of MONEY.
    Am I only the only one to be totally mortified by all this? To feel sickened bu it all? 🤢

  • Laurie Longo

    Appellate attorney here – is this being appealed???? There are several excellent social activist child custody appellate attorneys in Michigan – attorneys Anne Argiroff and Scott Bassett are two that come to mind immediately! The University of Michigan also has a law clinic available for issues like this. This ruling should not be allowed to stand.