Former Acting Clinical Director of Pine Ridge Hospital Indicted on Sexual Abuse Charges

Published March 7, 2017

RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA — Dr. Stanley Patrick Weber, 68, has been arrested and charged with 10 felonies that include five counts of aggravated sexual abuse, four counts of sexual abuse of a minor and one count of sexual abuse for incidents over a 13-year period involving American Indian children under 16-years-old.

Weber, a retired pediatrician, served as acting clinical director of the Pine Ridge Hospital, an Indian Health Service facility on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, for a couple of years.

Weber resigned last year from the hospital. His base salary was $217,166 in 2015. He resides in Spearfish, South Dakota.

The charges stem from several years of investigation. Allegations circulated for the past couple of decades that Weber was sexually abusing young males who were patients at the Pine Ridge Hospital. Tribal prosecutors referred the case to federal prosecutors. Since Weber is Caucasian, he could not be prosecuted by tribal authorities.

The investigation was conducted by the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services, the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, the Rapid City Police Department, and the Spearfish Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins is prosecuting the case.

According to court documents, one of the incidents happened between April 2002 and April 2003 while “Weber was treating (the victim) for the flu.”

Weber pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court last week in Rapid City, South Dakota. He was released by a federal district court magistrate judge on his personal recognizance against the wishes of Collins, who felt Weber is a flight risk since he visited Bangkok, Thailand last year.

Part of the conditions of his release include he had to turn over his passport to authorities; he must wear an ankle monitor; cannot use the internet or have contact with minors.

His trial is set for May 9, 2017.

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