Prosecutors set to recommend PROBATION for 61-year-old man who admitted to molesting his seven-year-old granddaughter

Monday, February 12, 2018
By Paul Martin

Dean Hilpipre, 61, was charged with two counts of second-degree sex abuse in July for molesting his now seven-year-old granddaughter
The two counts carried a penalty of up to 50 years in prison
The Alden, Iowa man struck a plea deal with prosecutors in December
Prosecutors are set to recommend his sentence be suspended and that he only serve probation
The judge will have the final say at the sentencing hearing on February 23
Hilpipre also recently won $100,000 playing an Iowa lottery game

By ASHLEY COLLMAN
DAILYMAIL.COM
12 February 2018

A 61-year-old man who admitted to molesting his seven-year-old granddaughter may not have to serve a single day in prison for the crime.

Dean Hilpipre of Alden, Iowa, was arrested in August, and charged with two counts of second-degree sex abuse of a child younger than 12. Combined, the two charges carried a penalty of up to 50 years in prison.

His arrest came nine months after the victim, his paternal granddaughter, told her older sister about the abuse, who in turn reported him to a school counselor.

In an interview shortly after, the victim told investigators that her grandfather forced her into inappropriate touching and oral sex. The abuse happened ‘over and over’ in his bedroom with the door locked or in a bathroom or in the woods.

In December, Hilpipre struck a plea deal with prosecutors, agreeing to plead guilty to a lesser charge of lascivious acts with a child, which carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.

In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop the two other charges and will recommend that Hilpipre’s prison sentence be suspended and that he only serve probation.

The final say, however, will be up to Judge James McGlynn when he officially sentences Hilpipre on February 23.

The fact that Hilpipre may escape prison time has the victim’s mother and maternal grandmother outraged.

‘What’s five years probation? After five years the no contact order’s done, then what’s he going to do again? 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 mother, 34-year-old Kasey Hilpipre, told WHO-TV.

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