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Lawmaker fights for DeMarco family after young girl's identity stolen

Hassenruck became infatuated with Kailey after seeing her in the newspaper. (Source: WOIO) Hassenruck became infatuated with Kailey after seeing her in the newspaper. (Source: WOIO)
Kailey DeMarco (Source WOIO) Kailey DeMarco (Source WOIO)
Rep. Manning (R- North Ridgeville) meets with Kailey's mom. (Source: WOIO) Rep. Manning (R- North Ridgeville) meets with Kailey's mom. (Source: WOIO)
NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OH (WOIO) -

We have an update to an exclusive story we brought you a few weeks ago that has people talking.

A local lawmaker is stepping in to try to help the DeMarco family.

Kailey DeMarco, 21, of North Ridgeville, and has been fighting to clear her name for years.

The former competitive gymnast’s life changed when at just 10 years old, when she caught the eye of a predator.

On March 31, 2005, The Elyria Chronicle ran an article about Kailey and gymnastics. At the time, Kailey said she wanted to make it to the Olympics.

A convicted criminal saw the newspaper article and police say he may have been infatuated with her.

“We all saw an innocent 10-year-old with a passion and this monster saw something else,” said Ronda DeMarco, Kailey’s mom.

Harold David Hassenruck wound up changing his name to Kailey DeMarco.

But that was just the beginning of their horrific ordeal. Hassenruck was later convicted of child rape, a felony. All of his charges were filed under the name “Kailey DeMarco.”       

Ronda DeMarco spent eight years and thousands of dollars to change Hassenruck’s name back and regain her daughter’s identity.

Cleveland 19 News got in touch with State Rep. Nathan Manning (R- North Ridgeville), who is also an attorney.

Manning says this story led him to question if something could be done to protect victims like Kailey.

He’s currently looking into whether the name change process can be updated to make sure people living in Ohio are contacted if someone tries to change their name to theirs.

Manning is also looking into whether protection orders can be strengthened.

When Hassenruck gets out of prison in October 2017, Kailey’s protection order is no longer valid, since his criminal case is over.

Tonight at 11, find out how State Rep. Manning is trying to take action for the DeMarco family, as he meets Ronda DeMarco for the first time.

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