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Kasey Hilpipre in court

Kasey Hilpipre reads a victim impact statement in Hardin County District Court Friday. Hilpipre, a Clear Lake native, said it was "an injustice" Dean Hilpipre was sentenced to probation for sexually abusing her then-6-year-old daughter, who is his granddaughter. 

ELDORA | Throughout Kasey Hilpipre's emotional victim impact statement in a nearly full courtroom at the Hardin County Courthouse Friday, she repeated how Dean Hilpipre had better hope God forgives him for what he did to her then-6-year-old daughter.

Judge James McGlynn sentenced 61-year-old Dean Hilpipre to five years of probation and ordered him to be on the sex offender registry for life. A sentence of 10 years in prison was suspended, meaning he could be sent to prison if he violates probation. 

Kasey Hilpipre hugged family members and friends as sentencing was read, trying to make sense of what has happened since November 2016.

"I believe it was an injustice to all children, and all sex abuse victims," Clear Lake native Kasey Hilpipre told the Globe Gazette, adding: "I'm talking about when he (Dean) reaches his final moment in life, I hope he asks for forgiveness."

Dean Hilpipre was charged with two counts of felony second-degree sexual abuse for sexually assaulting his granddaughter, court documents said. In Iowa law, rape and sexual assault are charged as "sexual abuse."

Those charges were later amended to the lesser charge of lascivious acts with a child, through a plea deal between Assistant Hardin County Attorney Denise Patters, Assistant Iowa Attorney General Susan Krisko and George Appleby, Dean Hilpipre's attorney.

Conviction of one count of second-degree sexual abuse can carry sentence of up to 25 years in prison, while conviction of lascivious acts with a child can carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. 

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Dean Hilpipre in court

Dean Hilpipre listens during his sentencing in Hardin County District Court Friday. Hilpipre, an Alden resident who is accused of sexually assaulting his 6-year-old granddaughter, was sentenced to probation. 

Throughout the nearly two-hour sentencing hearing, three victim impact statements were read, bookended by discussions of the intricacies of the plea deal and McGlynn explaining why he couldn't let letters or emails submitted to the court influence his decision.

The Hardin County Attorney's Office received a number of letters and emails criticizing the plea deal, saying they thought Hilpipre should be put in prison.

"No one is allowed to put their thumb on the scale," McGlynn said during the opening minutes of sentencing, referencing Lady Justice.

But Kasey Hilpipre, Deborah Yanna and the victim's older sister offered graphic details about the months of Dean Hilpipre abusing Kasey Hilpipre's now 7-year-old daughter, and how it had torn the family apart.

Multiple times, Yanna labeled Dean Hilpipre as a sick and insane person, and detailed how her granddaughter was forced to touch him on multiple occasions. The incidents ranged from in the woods near her house, Dean Hilpipre's bedroom and elsewhere in his home.

Then, as she looked at Dean Hilpipre's wife, Marlys, and ridiculed her for giving the girl "a handful of candy for a job well-done."

"So much of it makes my heart want to vomit with sadness," Yanna said in court, later adding: "It takes a sick and individual person to molest a child, especially a grandfather."

The victim's older sister then detailed the abuse, struggling through tears but making her stance clear, in a courtroom where many friends and family members also cried throughout.

In her statement, she described how difficult it is for her to comfort her younger sister. She also detailed how difficult it is for her sister to enjoy playing outside and riding her bike, along with other hobbies.

She ended her statement by saying: "You don't deserve to walk this planet as a monster that is gonna hurt little children."

Kasey Hilpipre, who fought back tears herself throughout a statement that lasted more than 10 minutes, stated that Dean Hilpipre had torn the family apart, and recommended that he ask for God's forgiveness several times.

She asked McGlynn to reconsider the plea deal, in order to preserve her daughter's safety. She also criticized the plea deal, and the psychosexual report that determined Dean Hilpipre was a low risk to reoffend.

"You will always be known as a pedophile," Kasey Hilpipre said in court. "Your health does not excuse your actions."

Hilpipre looked down at the table while victim impact statements were read. When asked by McGlynn if he wanted to speak, he replied "no, sir."

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Following the three victim impact statements, McGlynn described how it was not within his power to throw away the plea deal. As he was speaking, one woman stood up, criticized him, and was was quickly escorted out of the courtroom, all while still venting her anger at the sentence.

"You’re a f---ing, sick a-- judge,” she told McGlynn, who replied she would be held in contempt of court. As she was led out by the Hardin County deputy, she added: "Go ahead, throw me in jail."

Following the sentencing, Dean Hilpipre's attorney, Appleby, told the Globe Gazette he appreciated McGlynn accepting the plea deal.

"I believe this was, while a difficult case, the right result," Appleby said.

When asked about the public outcry to the plea, Appleby answered: "I thought the judge outlined what this judicial procedure was about, and what his duties and authorities are."

The Hardin County Attorney's office declined to comment after sentencing, adding they would be issuing a press release later Friday.

Kasey Hilpipre, however, made it clear from the start of her statement how Dean Hilpipre should be remembered.

"Without God's love, you are dead and dysfunctional," the victim's mother said. "The guilt of your actions will be crushing."

In January, Hilpipre claimed a $100,000 lottery prize. Lottery officials said a criminal conviction does not disqualify someone from winning a prize. 

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Hardin County Attorney Richard Dunn was involved in the plea deal, when he was not. Dean Hilpipre's wife's name is spelled Marlys, not Marla. The Globe Gazette apologizes for the errors.


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Judge James McGlynn sentenced Dean Hilpipre to five years of probation, and ordered him to be on the sex offender registry for life.

A prison sentence of up to 10 years was suspended, meaning Hilpipre could be sent to prison if he violates probation.  

A woman was escorted from the courtroom after yelling “you’re a f---ing, sick a-- judge” at McGlynn, who had the option to sentence Hilpipre to prison.

Three victim impact statements were read during the sentencing, and the Hardin County Attorney's Office received a number of letters and emails criticizing the plea deal, saying they thought Hilpipre should be put in prison. 

Hilpipre was charged with two counts of felony second-degree sexual abuse after police said he forced his granddaughter to participate in different forms of oral sex. In Iowa law, rape and sexual assault are charged as "sexual abuse."

Conviction of one count of second-degree sexual abuse can carry sentence of up to 25 years in prison.

Hilpipre pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, lascivious acts with a child, which can carry a sentence of up to five years in prison. 

In January, Hilpipre claimed a $100,000 lottery prize. Lottery officials said a criminal conviction does not disqualify someone from winning a prize. 

This is a developing story. Check back later for more details. 

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