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Convicted sex offender about to gain custody of 8-year-old son stopped by Michigan Judge

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DETROIT (NBC NEWS) — A judge on Tuesday put an order on hold that granted a convicted sex offender joint legal custody of a child born to a woman who said the man raped her, and she became pregnant, when she was 12.

Sanilac County prosecutors said the case started when the now-21-year-old mother requested state assistance this summer for her 8-year-old son. As a condition of receiving that financial assistance, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services required her to cooperate with pursuing paternity and support for the child, prosecutors said.

A ruling last month in the case granted the woman sole physical custody of the boy, but also granted joint legal custody 27-year-old Christopher Mirasolo, who was ordered to pay child support after DNA tests showed he was the biological father. In Michigan, joint legal custody enables both parents to share decision-making authority about a child's welfare.

The woman's attorney, Rebecca Kiessling, later objected and told the Detroit News the order was "insane." She noted that Mirasolo spent six and half months in jail after pleading guilty to attempted criminal sexual conduct in the woman's 2008 case. Mirasolo also spent time in prison for a 2010 criminal sexual conduct conviction, according to Michigan Department of Corrections records.

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