Former IHS doctor sees another day in Rapid City court
Alleged victim takes to the stand
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Emotional and challenging testimony took place Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Rapid City. Opening statements began day two of the trial for Stanley Patrick Weber, the former Indian Health Services doctor accused of sexually abusing four boys in Pine Ridge.
Seven men and seven women who make up the jury listened intently to the opening statements of the trial; each side focused on different aspects of the case.
U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman centered his 20 minutes on the circumstances surrounding the victims. Kelderman argues poor conditions and financial struggles on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation leave children in vulnerable positions. In this case, he says Weber was able to use his position as a pediatrician at the IHS Hospital in Pine Ridge to take advantage of those boys.
Harvey Steinberg, representing Weber, says the former doctor was a “odd duck” and “felt like an outsider in an isolated community.”
Both the U.S. Attorney’s Office and defense named the four victims set to testify throughout the trial. One man, now 32-years-old, took the stand and endured questioning, struggling at times to describe the multiple assaults that are alleged to have occurred.
Weber faces 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. If convicted in South Dakota, Weber faces the possibility of life behind bars.