ELDORA | A judge left in place Monday a court-ordered hold on $100,000 in state lottery winnings for an Iowa man due to a civil lawsuit related to his criminal conviction.
Dean Hilpipre, who received probation earlier this year for sexually assaulting his 6-year-old granddaughter, claims he needs access to the funds to “pay bills,” court documents said.
During a hearing Monday in Hardin County Court, however, a judge left in place a temporary injunction on Hilpipre’s lottery winnings. The judicial order prevents someone from a certain action or forces a person to pay restitution to a victim.
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Hilpipre, 61, was initially charged with two counts of felony second-degree sex abuse, which a plea deal amended to a lesser charge of lascivious acts with a child. In Iowa law, sexual assault and rape are charged as "sexual abuse."
The abuse occurred in Hilpipre's home in Alden and in the woods behind that property.
He won $100,000 through the state lottery about a month before he was sentenced at the Hardin County Courthouse. Hilpipre was sentenced to five years of probation.
The victim's mother, Kasey Hilpipre, filed the lawsuit March 13 and is seeking $1 million in damages on behalf of her daughter.
In documents filed March 22 by Kasey Hilpipre's Des Moines-based attorney Roxanne Conlin, the victim “has a right to have her abuser punished in some way for his intentional tortious conduct.”
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“The criminal justice system did virtually nothing to punish him and Plaintiff can never recover if her abuser is not made to pay for his intentional torts against her,” Conlin said, citing the plea agreement and probation sentence.
Conlin said Hilpipre shouldn't be allowed the lottery funds because she believes he has plans to move out of Alden and use the winnings to purchase a home in another part of the state.
Dean Hilpipre is currently representing himself in the civil suit. As of Tuesday, he had not filed a response.
“He advised the court the he has been unable to find an attorney, but desires one,” Monday’s court documents said. “The Court informed him that he is in default, and the ramifications of a default judgment.”
In court proceedings, default means that a party has failed to take action. A default judgement is granted in favor of a party due to the inaction of another party.
The court also advised him that the he is not eligible for a court-appointed attorney in the matter because it is a civil – not criminal – case.
“The defendant's only objection to a continuation of the injunction is a statement that the lottery proceeds have been spent and that he needs to 'pay bills,'" court documents from the hearing said.
Dean Hilpipre is not listed in the federal court’s bankruptcy database.