Christopher Mirasolo, 27 Credit: Courtesy | Michigan Department of Corrections

A Michigan court has awarded parental rights to a registered sex offender who was accused of raping the underage mother of the child, The Detroit News and other media outlets are reporting.

Christopher Mirasolo, 27, of Brown City, Michigan, was awarded joint legal custody by Judge Gregory S. Ross of the Sanilac County Circuit Court after DNA testing determined he is the father of a child whose mother is now seeking protection from him under the federal Rape Survivor Child Custody Act, The Detroit News reported.

Mirasolo was charged with rape, but convicted of third-degree criminal sexual conduct as part of a plea deal for the incident involving the child’s mother nine years ago, when the child’s mother was 12 years old, The Detroit News reported.

Mirasolo’s attorney told The Detroit News her client did not ask for parental rights, but rather establishment of his paternity and parental rights came as a result of a routine court review of the mother’s application for state aid.