ELDORA – The attorney for a lottery-winning sex offender is asking the court to set aside a ruling that could give his winnings to his victim.
Last month, a district court judge found that Dean Edward Hilpipre, 61, of Alden was in default for missing a deadline to respond to a civil lawsuit brought by his young victim and her mother, who is Hilpipre’s former daughter-in-law. The move essentially declared the plaintiffs the winner and set a hearing to determine damages.
At the time of the decision, Dean Hilpipre was without a lawyer, and on Friday his recently hired attorney, Maurice Spencer, filed a formal response to the suit and asked the court to take back its default decision.
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Spencer said his client’s failure to respond to the suit was the result of a mistake and was because the nature of the case and the lack of local attorneys meant he was unable to find a lawyer in time. Hilpipre’s response to the lawsuit was a general denial of the allegations.
Dean Hilpipre is currently on probation after pleading to a reduced charge of lascivious acts with a minor as part of a plea agreement in January. While awaiting sentencing, he won $100,000 in the state lottery, and the victim’s lawsuit was filed in March.