ELDORA – A district court judge has sided with the mother of a 6-year-old child sexually assaulted by her grandpa in her suit against the lottery-winning abuser.
Dean Edward Hilpipre, 61, of Alden, was arrested in July 2017 on criminal charges of sex abuse. In Iowa, rape and sexual assault is charged as sexual abuse.
Dean Hilpipre was accused of sexually assaulting his granddaughter for years, according to court documents. He pleaded to a lesser charge of lascivious acts with a minor and in January, while awaiting sentencing, won $100,000 in a state lottery.
A judge ultimately sentenced him to five years’ probation as part of the plea agreement in February.
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The following month, his victim’s mother, Kasey Hilpipre, a Clear Lake native who is Dean Hilpipre’s former daughter-in-law, took him to court, seeking $1 million in civil damages in a lawsuit.
In May, Kasey Hilpipre’s attorney, Roxanne Conlin, asked the court for a default judgment when Dean Hilpipre failed to respond by the 20-day deadline, and although an attorney then filed an appearance on behalf of Dean Hilpipre, Judge Timothy Finn agreed in an order filed Thursday.
Earlier this month, the court barred Dean Hilpipre from spending his lottery winnings. He argued in court that he had already spent the winnings but needed money to pay bills, court documents said.
The courts will set a hearing to determine damages.