ALDEN | An Alden man awaiting sentencing for sexually assaulting a child has won a $100,000 lottery prize.
Dean Edward Hilpipre, 61, presented his winning lottery ticket Wednesday at the Mason City office and received his prize.
Hilpipre is recently retired, according to the Iowa Lottery, and told lottery officials he plans to use his winnings to purchase a home.
Hilpipre was charged with two counts of felony second-degree sexual abuse on July 24, 2017, in Hardin County. He is accused of committing two sexual acts on a female child under the age of 12 between January 2012 and November 2016, according to court documents.
In Iowa law, rape and sexual assault are called "sexual abuse."
He was arrested in August and posted a $25,000 bond. A no-contact order was issued in September for the victim and the victim’s family.
Hilpipre agreed to enter a guilty plea to a lesser charge, lascivious acts with a child, in December. That charge carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a $1,000 fine.
The plea agreement dismissed the two counts of second-degree sexual abuse. One count carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison.
Hilpipre will be sentenced Feb. 23 in Hardin County District Court.
Vice President of Iowa Lottery External Relations Mary Neubauer said Friday she was aware of the situation.
“The circumstances that may have existed in a person’s life … they are wholly separate,” Neubauer said.
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When a winner comes in to collect a prize, they are subject to security questions, she said. Those questions involve how they came about the ticket and more. None of those security procedures include a criminal background check that would disqualify a prize.
“Anyone from anywhere can win a lottery,” Neubauer said.
The person’s name is run through a state database to see if the person owes back taxes, child support or other fines. Those funds would be dealt with as necessary.
As justification for the plea agreement, court documents said Hilpipre underwent a psychosexual evaluation by state-approved psychologist Tracy Thomas.
Thomas reported her conclusions to Assistant Iowa Attorney General Susan Krisko Dec. 18.
According to court documents, the report said Hilpipre “is in the lowest 1.3 percentile of likely recidivism.”
“He received the lowest score possible, a minus 3, which makes him a 'very low risk'; his likelihood of future offending is .9 percent over 5 years,” the documents said.
Hilpipre and his attorney, George Appleby of Des Moines, submitted a proposed sentence for the plea agreement, asking for a suspended prison sentence with a probation period of five years. According to the court document, the state agreed to recommend a probation sentence and the state would agree to a minimum fine.
Hilpipre and his attorney, in documents arguing for the suspended sentence with probation, said Hilpipre has been continuously employed in Alden for 42 years as of Jan. 4, has no criminal convictions, no deferments of judgments and has been married for 42 years.
Once sentenced, Hilpipre would not be allowed to drink alcohol and must undergo sex offender treatment.
He would also be subject to a special sentence for sex offenders involving lifetime parole, court documents say. He must register as a sex offender, be annually photographed by the sheriff's office and submit a DNA sample.
Hilpipre would also agree to a continuation of the no-contact order with the minor victim for five years.