Sexual abuse charges filed against former South Dakota IHS doctor
WAGNER, S.D. – Allegations of sexual abuse emerge against a former Indian Health Service doctor on the Yankton Sioux Reservation dating from January 2014 to August 2018.
Pedro Ibarra-Perocier, 58, of Wagner pleaded not guilty Thursday in the federal courthouse in Sioux Falls to four counts of sexual abuse and four counts of abusive sexual contact. An indictment filed Feb. 4 alleges Ibarra-Perocier threatened four victims into engaging in sexual acts or contact at different times over a span of four years.
According to a federal pay online database, Ibarra-Perocier was employed at the IHS Hospital in Wagner from 2006 to 2018 as a medical officer. An archived IHS Facebook post explains he earned a degree in general medicine from the Universidad Central Del Este in the Dominican Republic.
Ibarra-Perocier was forced to turn in his passport and was released without bond.
If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.
The plea comes four days after Stanley Patrick Weber was given five life sentences and an additional 45 years for sexually abusing Native American boys while working as a pediatrician at the Pine Ridge IHS Hospital.