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DES MOINES, Iowa — “One day, you know, my granddaughter`s gonna know, my grandma was there for me, and my mom,” said Deborah Yanna of West Des Moines. “The people that truly love her are there to defend her.”

Yanna is vowing to do whatever she can to fight on behalf of her 7 year-old granddaughter. Yanna says the system failed her granddaughter, who she says was the victim of years of abuse by her grandfather on the child’s father’s side; starting when the girl was two years old.

“We are here to defend her even though the law here did not defend her,” said Yanna. “They defend the molesters, the pedophiles…”

Yanna is referring to what happened last month in Hardin County, when 61 year-old Dean Hilpipre of Alden was sentenced to five years of probation for the crime of lascivious acts with a child.

A 10-year prison sentence was suspended as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. Hilpipre was charged with two counts of 2nd degree sex abuse in August of 2017 and later pled guilty to the reduced charge in January.

“Dean Hilpipre took something very special from my granddaughter,” said Yanna. “And, so whatever can be done to bring healing into her life and to help her to grow to be a strong and secure little girl, into a woman, that’s my hope for her.”

That’s why Yanna’s daughter, Kasey Hilpipre, the mother of the child, is suing Dean, asking for money to compensate for the victim’s suffering.

Dean Hilpipre claimed a $100,000 prize from the Iowa Lottery just a few weeks after pleading guilty.



DES MOINES, Iowa — Channel 13’s Keith Murphy has confirmed Drake University Men’s basketball coach Niko Medved is leaving the team to become the new head coach at Colorado State University.

Medved took over as Drake head coach just last year.  He led to the team to a 17-17 record and fourth place conference finish, their best since winning the Missouri Valley Conference in 2008.

Drake Director of Athletics Brian Hardin released a statement saying, “We are disappointed by this news but remain excited and confident about the trajectory of the Drake men’s basketball program. The success of our men’s basketball program has been a team effort that is a reflection of the tremendous young men in our program. Our success is not defined by an individual and we are confident in the sustainable success of the Drake men’s basketball program. As always, we remain committed to our student-athletes and, in the ever-present wisdom of the late Paul Morrison, we are ‘All in this together.'”

Medved was hired less than a year ago on March 26, 2017 after spending four years at Furman leading them to a regular season conference championship in the 2016-17 season, and was named Southern Conference coach of the year.

Medved will replace Former Colorado State University coach Larry Eustachy.  Eustachy coached at Iowa State University from 1998 to 2003.

Hardin says Dave Thorson will serve as the interim head coach while a nation search is conducted for a new head coach for the men’s basketball program.

ESPN, Denver Post and Barstool previously reported the news.