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Changes at North Star

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A KWWL investigation leads to changes at an adult care facility.

The parents of a woman going to North Star in Waterloo say she was repeatedly harassed by a registered sex offender, also getting training there.

But they couldn't get any help keeping that man away from their daughter, until now.

Two weeks later, North Star has reached an agreement with the family, and the two adults will be separated.

"Everything has been fine for up to eight years, until we ran into this road block," Mike Hanneman said.

For eight years, Mike Hanneman's 33-year-old autistic daughter has loved attending North Star.

"North Star has been a positive influence for our daughter and her growth," Hanneman said.

But that changed two weeks ago. Their daughter has been allegedly harassed by another member, multiple times. That member, who we are not identifying, is a registered sex offender. He was convicted of sexually abusing a 5-year-old little girl.

"I think it was a legitimate concern that had to be brought to light," Hanneman said.

North Star said he served his time and deserved to be there, so Hanneman had no other option but to pull his daughter out, that is until now.

"We tried to get some resolution right away but when that didn't happen we did have a meeting last night with North Star and things went well," he said.

All along, Mike and his wife just wanted to know their daughter will be safe. They say that their daughter expressed concern about the man, as well.

"The plan is that the other party will go to North Star when my daughter does not go," he said.

Mike says this is a happy resolution to an issue that was going down a very dangerous path.

He said, "That was the bottom line of our objective all along, to make sure she can go back there where it's a positive environment for her and her growth."

KWWL reached out to the Executive Director of North Star about this change, but we have not heard back.

State Senator Jeff Danielson also got involved after hearing this story. He's on the board at North Star and said, "I'm happy this could be worked out and look forward to making North Star an even stronger community asset going forward."

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