Former IHS doctor found guilty of sexual abuse charges
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The jury members in the trial of the former Indian Health Services doctor accused of sexually abusing four boys in Pine Ridge have passed their verdict today after a five-day trial at the federal courthouse in Rapid City.
Weber was found guilty of eight counts of sexual abuse of boys on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. According to U.S. Attorney Erick Kelderman, the poor conditions and financial struggles on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation left his victims in vulnerable positions. As a pediatrician at the IHS Hospital in Pine Ridge, Weber was able to take advantage of the boys in his care.
During this week’s trial, the jury heard testimony from four of Weber’s victims.
Weber originally faced 11 counts of sexual abuse between the years 1994 and 2011 in Pine Ridge. He was recently convicted on similar charges in Montana and was sentenced to 18 years in Prison. After today’s verdict, Weber faces the possibility of life behind bars.