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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

A Grandfather Molested His Granddaughter 'Over and Over.' So Why Isn't He Going to Prison?

Plea deal that makes no sense - infuriating! 
Iowa needs to join the 21st century!
Lee Rood, lrood@dmreg.com 

ALDEN, Ia. — She was 6 years old when, in November 2016, she told her older sister what Grandpa did to her when no one else was around.

In a videotaped interview 11 days later with a child-protective worker, a sheriff's deputy and her parents present, the little girl said she was scared her grandfather would go to jail if she tells.

But she was explicit about what happened when the two were alone, writing "sex" on a piece of paper, then sobbing as she described forced touching and oral sex.

It happened, she said, "over and over," in a bedroom her grandfather would lock, in the bathroom and in some woods in her town of 760 near a pile of corn.

"He says ‘please,’ and she doesn’t want to do it," according to a founded child-abuse report that led to the grandfather being placed on Iowa's child-abuse registry.

Kasey Hilpipre holds her 7-year-old daughter's hand during an interview with the Des Moines Register on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in West Des Moines. Hilpipre's daughter was molested by the child's grandfather, Dean Hilpipre. Under a plea agreement, he expected to receive probation during his sentencing later this month. (Photo: Kelsey Kremer/The Register )

But what has happened in the felony criminal case that ensued has outraged the girl’s mother, Kasey Hilpipre of Des Moines; her grandmother, Deborah Yanna of West Des Moines; and the girl's now 13-year-old sister who first reported the abuse to a school counselor.

The girl's grandfather, 61-year-old Dean E. Hilpipre, was charged with two counts of second-degree sex abuse and faced as much as 50 years behind bars if convicted.

As part of a plea deal reached in December, Hilpipre admitted in open court what he did to his granddaughter. But as part of his plea, prosecutors agreed to recommend that Hilpipre receive a suspended sentence and five years of probation when he is sentenced Feb. 23.

Unbelievable! Utterly unbelievable! 

Dean Hilpipre, 61 of Alden.  (Photo: Special to the Register)

"I was just stunned," Yanna said. "At his plea-agreement hearing, I said, 'Why don’t you just throw in a spa day?'"

But probation is common in child sex cases in Iowa, according to a Des Moines Register statistical analysis.

If Judge James McGlynn accepts the terms of Hilpipre’s plea to a count of lascivious acts with a child, the grandfather will be required to undergo sex-offender treatment and stay away from his granddaughter for at least the next five years.

Dean Hilpipre lives in the same small town, with no police department, as his abused granddaughter.

Watching other high-profile cases of sexual abuse and harassment in the national spotlight involving teens and women, Kasey Hilpipre and her mother are asking where the justice is for the now-7-year-old girl who they say is so shaken she will not leave her yard to play.

Kasey Hilpipre gives an interview to the Des Moines Register on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in West Des Moines. Hilpipre's daughter was molested by the child's grandfather, Dean Hilpipre. He was charged with two counts of second-degree sex abuse and reached plea deal in December. As part of his plea, prosecutors agreed to recommend that Dean Hilpipre receive a suspended sentence and five years of probation when he is sentenced Feb. 23. (Photo: Kelsey Kremer/The Register )

Kasey Hilpipre, who shares custody of her four children with her ex-husband, Dale Hilpipre of Alden, said her daughter's case languished for months while under the direction of Hardin County Attorney Richard Dunn.

"It's like the county attorney had compassion for Dean, and Dean was more important than my daughter," she said.

Criminal charges were filed in July 2017. But Kasey Hilpipre, 34, said the case began to progress only after she and her mother hired a Boone attorney to start asking questions and after two other women, an area prosecutor for the attorney general and an assistant county attorney, took over the case.

Kasey Hilpipre said nothing about the case's handling appeared to center on her daughter's trauma.

A father of four and grandfather of 13, Dean Hilpipre recently stopped working at ILC Resources, a local ag business in Alden, where he was employed for more than 40 years.

This month, he won $100,000 from the Iowa Lottery while awaiting sentencing.

Hilpipre is a whiskey drinker who, in a psycho-sexual evaluation completed in December, self-reported having more than 10 drinks a week. He would be required under his plea agreement to abstain from alcohol and mood-altering drugs.

But Hilpipre also has asked through his attorney for continued access to his adult son Dale, who lives nearby in a town with no local police department. Dale Hilpipre, 40, has custody of his abused daughter during the week.

Dale Hilpipre did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Reached last week on the doorstep of his weathered gray home in Alden, Dean Hilpipre, the grandfather, said he had no comment on the plea deal or his coming sentencing. His Des Moines attorney, George Appleby, also declined to comment about the plea.

Outside Dean Hilpipre's home on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Alden. Hilpipre has been charged with two felonies for sexually abusing his granddaughter. Under a plea agreement he will admit guilt to a lesser felony and is expected to receive probation during his sentencing later this month. 
(Photo: Kelsey Kremer/The Register)

In an exclusive interview Sunday, nestled between her mother and her sister, the victim cried and expressed concern for other little girls her grandfather knows in Alden. She said she wanted her grandfather to go to prison.

Hardin County Sheriff Dave McDaniel said two deputies developed a “solid” case against Hilpipre, listened as the girl gave a videotaped statement and “most certainly” would have been willing to testify had the case gone to trial.

“I don’t necessarily agree with the outcome,” he said, “but I don’t know how they came to that conclusion either.”

In state crimes, probation common 

In federal courts, 98 percent of those charged with child sex crimes ranging from child porn to trafficking end up in prison.

From 2004 to 2013, the average prison sentence for those offenders nearly doubled from 70 months behind bars to 139 months, statistics released last fall by the Bureau of Justice Statistics show.

But in Iowa’s state courts, many child sex abuse cases result in no conviction, state statistics show. And unless the offender is convicted of a forcible felony, probation is a common outcome.

In Hardin County, 48 sex offenses were charged from 2010 to 2017; 17 resulted in a conviction, according to Iowa's Division of Criminal & Juvenile Justice Planning.

As the Register reported last February, probation is a frequent outcome for school district employees accused of sexual abuse of students.

During the state of Iowa's last fiscal year, 37 people were convicted of lascivious acts with a child, the same crime to which Hilpipre has pleaded guilty.

Probation was ordered in 21 cases (57 percent). In 16 cases, offenders received probation and a prison sentence that may have been suspended by a judge.

Jennifer Long, a former prosecutor who co-founded AEquitas, a national organization to improve the quality of justice in sexual violence cases, said incest is as traumatic to victims as other high-level cases involving sexual violence.

"A prolonged crime, even if it doesn’t leave physical injury, leaves deep emotional and psychological trauma," she said.

While prosecutors always worry about the effect that testifying at trial can have on a child victim, there are ways to "provide a safe court environment," she said.

No criminal history

Denise Patters, the assistant Hardin County attorney who now handles the case, said she cannot comment on the deal negotiated with the help of an area prosecutor at the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.

"It’s a difficult decision at times, and one that, frankly, weighs on a person," she said.

Court records show one reason Hilpipre was offered probation was that he had no prior criminal record. A forensic psychologist, Dr. Tracy Thomas, hired by Hilpipre's attorney, also evaluated him and determined that he was a low risk to re-offend.

Research shows those who commit incest re-offend at about half the rate of those who sexually abuse children with whom they are not related.

When Hilpipre was questioned in December 2016 by Hardin Deputy Jeff Brenneman, he denied doing anything wrong. He also blamed the girl’s older sister for putting her up to the accusations, according to the state child-abuse report.

When he was interviewed last December by the forensic psychologist, Hilpipre said he didn't deny the allegations but didn't remember the things his granddaughter accused him of either.

He also said, "If I did it, I deserve everything I get."

A polygraph test he took in November was inconclusive "due to Mr. Hilpipre's poor physical condition."

Teri Sommerlot, a division manager for the Fifth Judicial District at the Department of Corrections, said prosecutors often strike deals to spare children from testifying or because they fear the children might be poor witnesses on the stand.

However, the impact of the crime on the victim is supposed to play a role at sentencing, she said.

State law requires that Hilpipre undergo a pre-sentence investigation, which McGlynn ordered. That investigation, independent of defense or prosecution, includes a risk assessment to other children and the community, Sommerlot said.

McGlynn, the judge, is not bound to the plea recommendations at sentencing in the case.

One in seven

Child sexual abuse is the most prevalent health threat children face — and one of the most costly, according to Darkness to Light, a South Carolina-based sexual abuse prevention organization.

Roughly one in seven girls and one in 25 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18. About 30 percent are abused by family members.

Actually, D2L does not include peer on peer child sex abuse for some reason, so their numbers are well below those of other sources like CDC - Center for Disease Control estimates that approximately 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18. Those numbers are in line with most other estimates for the USA.

Children who live in rural areas are almost two times more likely to be identified as victims.

Child sex-abuse victims are at much higher risk for substance-abuse problems, behavior issues and delinquency.