An Iowa grandfather could be sentenced to probation even after admitting to forcing his 6-year-old granddaughter to participate in oral sex.
According to the Globe Gazette, Dean Hilpipre, 61, was originally charged with two counts of felony second-degree sex abuse. By pleading guilty to lascivious acts with a child, prosecutors will recommend a suspended sentence and probation at next month’s hearing.
The Des Moines Register reported that the victim cried as she told investigators how her grandfather would touch her and force her to perform oral sex. She claimed that her grandfather would abuse her “over and over” in a bedroom, in a bathroom, and in the woods near a pile of corn.
Though criminal charges were filed in July 2017, a prosecutor said the abuse dates back as far as January 2012, according to People.
Court documents obtained by the Gazette indicated that Dr. Tracy Thomas testified that he performed a pyscho-sexual evaluation of Hilpipre, which determined that there was a “very low risk” Hilpipre would re-offend in the next five years.
Despite this, the victim’s mother, Kasey Hilpipre, and the girl’s grandmother, Deborah Yanna, told WHO-TV that they are furious about the plea deal.
“This little girl has a heart and she has a soul and she has a little mind, and this disgusting human debris has broken her,” Yanna said of her now-7-year-old granddaughter.
Adding to their frustration is the fact that Dean won $100,000 in January on a “$100,000 Mega Crossword” scratch-off ticket.
Yanna said, “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…”
Dean doesn’t have a prior criminal record. In addition to probation, the plea deal recommends he register on Iowa’s sex offender registry; abide by a 5-year “no-contact” order which can be renewed in perpetuity; undergo mandatory therapy and GPS monitoring; and, after his probation ends, serve a “special sentence” similar to parole for the rest of his life.
[Featured Image: Dean Hilpipre/Hardin County Sheriff’s Office]