Former IHS Doctor Arrested For Molesting Adult Patients

WAGNER, S.D. (AP) – Another former Indian Health Service physician in South Dakota faces federal charges that he sexually abused Native American patients, but this time the accusation involves adult patients and not children.

58-year old Pedro Ibarra-Perocier of Wagner was indicted Feb. 4 and pleaded Not Guilty on Thursday to 4 counts each of sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact involving his patients. He was released without bond, but had to turn in his passport. No trial date has been set.

Ibarra-Perocier is accused of molesting 4 adults between January 2014 and August 2018 while working at the IHS clinic in Wagner on the Yankton Reservation.

He made his court appearance the same week that another former IHS physician, 71-year old Dr Stanley Patrick Weber, was given a sentence that included 5 consecutive life terms for molesting his young patients while a pediatrician at the IHS hospital in Pine Ridge.

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