ELDORA – A girl who was abused by her grandfather may be getting his lottery winnings.
A district court judge last week sided with the girl and her mother in their suit against the abuser, 61-year-old Dean Edward Hilpipre.
Hilpipre, of Alden, was arrested in July 2017 on criminal charges of sex abuse alleging years of abuse suffered by his granddaughter. He pleaded to a lesser charge of lascivious acts with a minor and in January, and while awaiting sentencing, won $100,000 in a state lottery.
A judge ultimately sentenced him to five years’ probation as part of the plea agreement in February.
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ELDORA -- A Hardin County man sentenced to probation for sexually assaulting his 6-year-old …
The following month, his victim’s mother, Kasey Hilpipre, took him to court, seeking civil damages in a lawsuit, and a judge ordered the lottery winnings to be frozen pending the outcome.
In May Kasey Hilpipre’s attorney, Roxanne Conlin, asked the court for a default judgment --- effectively declaring her and her daughter the winners --- because Dean Hilpipre failed to meet the 20-day deadline to respond to the lawsuit. Although an attorney then filed an appearance on behalf of Dean, Judge Timothy Finn agreed to a default judgment in an order filed Thursday.
The courts will set a hearing to determine how much in damages will be awarded.