A rape survivor’s lawyer has said that a county prosecutor’s office granted parental rights, including joint custody, to a man who raped a 12-year-old girl, resulting in her pregnancy.
Christopher Mirasolo pleaded guilty to the assault in 2008 but only spent 6 and a half months in prison. About two years later, he pleaded no contest after being accused of assaulting a 15-year-old girl.
According to attorney Rebecca Kiessling, the prosecutor’s office sought his right to custody and parenting time unasked and awarded it despite knowing the circumstances.
While it differs from state to state, rapists can often seek parental rights for children conceived by rape.
On today’s show, Glenn talked about this terrible hurdle that rape survivors who keep their children can face.
“These estimates put thousands of women at risk,” he said. “A lifetime tethered to their rapists because they chose to keep their child.”