Thanks to a plea deal, an Iowa grandfather who admitted to sexually abusing his granddaughter may face probation instead of serving one day behind bars, as reported by NBC 13.
Dean Hilpipre, 61, pleaded guilty to molesting his 7-year-old granddaughter on January 4, with police getting involved in November 2016, when the victim told her older sister what had been occurring. Family members have alleged that the abuse may actually stretch all the way back to 2012, when the little girl was just 2 years old, according to PEOPLE.
The victim told police that the abuse happened “over and over,” with locations ranging from the woods to a bedroom that Hilpipre would lock behind him, as reported by Des Moines Register.
The 61-year-old originally faced two charges of Class B second-degree sexual abuse, both of which carried a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison. Thanks to the plea deal, however, the charges were reduced to one count of Class C felony of lascivious acts with a child, which maxes out at ten years in prison, though the prosecution has suggested they may settle with just five years of probation.
Kasey Hilpepre, the little girl’s mother, is obviously not happy about the fact that the man who abused her daughter may not see one day in prison.
“What’s five years’ probation?” she asked. “Is he gonna pick her up again and take her into the woods again and she may not come out? What justice is that? What safety is that for the remainder of her life?”
The victim’s grandmother, Deborah Yanna, concurred with the notion that probation for a crime as egregious as child sexual abuse is ridiculous.
“Why don’t you just throw in a spa day?” she said. “I was just stunned.”
Adding a further wrinkle to the case, Dean recently won the lottery, taking home $100,000 in a scratch off game.
“This little girl has a heart and she has a soul and she has a little mind, and this disgusting human hubris has broken her,” Yanna continued. “He won the Iowa Lottery. He’s celebrating. He thinks he’s terrific. … Where’s her justice? Where’s her celebration. The rest of her life she will always remember.”
Kasey Hilpepre and Deborah Yanna have taken it upon themselves to bring attention to the story, in the hopes it will influence the court of public opinion enough that Dean Hilpepre will face jail time. They started a Facebook group called “Justice for our little girl.”
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