10-Year-Old Boca Girl Tells of Harrowing Boat Ride With Sex Offender
Photo Broward Sheriff's Office
File this one under "Parent's Worst Nightmare." Broward Sheriff's Office is reporting the arrest of a registered sex offender from Plantation who was working at a water park in Deerfield Beach. Corey Hipscher allegedly told the parents that, due to a boat's "weight limit," he couldn't bring any other adults on the trip he was offering to the girls.
You can bet the parents are going to find out how Broward Watersports allowed someone with Hipscher's history such easy access to underage park visitors. Here's the BSO release:
A registered sex offender is back in jail and being held with no bond after molesting a young girl who was spending the afternoon at a Deerfield Beach park with her family on Tuesday.
Corey Hipscher, 37, had been working for four months at Broward Watersports, which is contracted by Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach to run the boat rental at the marina. The victim and her family went to the park Tuesday afternoon and wanted to use the paddle boats. Hipscher rented two paddle boats to some family members and offered to take the victim and her female cousin on a ride around the lake on a flotation device pulled by a small motorized boat. An adult accompanying the girls wanted to go with them on the boat, but Hipscher said he could have only the girls as passengers due to the boat's weight limit. The adult remained on the dock waiting or the girls.
The girls got on the boat with Hipscher. The victim was the first to ride on the float and as he assisted her out of the water to get back into the boat, he touched and rubbed her vaginal area and buttocks several times. The victim's cousin had her turn, and he lifted her out of the water by her life jacket.
When the girls were together on the boat the cousin acknowledged to the victim that she saw what Hipscher had done. Once ashore, they revealed the incident to family members who immediately confronted Hipscher. He denied the allegation and begged the family to ignore the incident. He also told the family that he would quit his job or allow them to beat him if they did not report what happened. The family said they were going to contact the Broward Sheriff's Office, and as they went to report the incident to park management, the suspect fled in his vehicle.
BSO deputies responded to the scene, and the suspect was later taken into custody at his home in Plantation without incident. A records check of the suspect revealed that he is a registered sex offender and is on probation until the year 2013 for the false imprisonment and sexual battery of a victim over 12 that occurred in the city of Coconut Creek in 2002. Anyone who has been a victim of Hipscher is asked to report the crime to BSO Sex Crimes Detective Carol Dansky at 954-321-4240 or to Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS or browardcrimestoppers.org.
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