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Capt. Stanley Patrick Weber

Indian Health Services Strips Pension From Former Pine Ridge Doctor Stanley Weber

Captain Stanley Weber

IHS Removes Doctor’s Pension After He Is Sentenced For Child Sexual Abuse

Justice prevails as Indian Health Services (IHS) announced Tuesday, March 16, 2021, that they are stripping federal pension and benefits from Retired Capt. Stanley Patrick Weber, a former Pine Ridge, South Dakota doctor, was sentenced for child abuse in 2019.

According to a press release from U.S. South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson’s office, the decision was made following the completion of a review by the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Board of Inquiry.  State representatives urged the IHS to do an expedited review of Dr. Stanley Weber’s heinous crimes. Weber’s pension was estimated to be over $100,000 a year. “It’s disturbing someone like Mr. Weber would continue to receive a federal pension after what he put so many innocent children through,” stated Johnson. “I’m grateful HHS, and IHS took my request seriously and revoked his pension. There’s not much solace to offer in a situation like this, but I hope everyone rests easier knowing this monster isn’t receiving a government check every month and is behind bars where he belongs. A little more justice was served today.”

In 2019, Weber was convicted of multiple felony charges of aggravated sexual assault of minors while serving as an officer for the U.S. Public Health Service and assigned to IHS in Browning, Montana, from 1992 to 1995. He is serving an 18-year prison sentence after being found guilty of four sexual abuse crimes on the Blackfeet Reservation.

A Wall Street Journal/Frontline investigation uncovered that Weber abused patients for decades and that the IHS failed to protect Native American boys from abuse.  Accusations about Weber sexually abusing boys was known among his IHS co-workers, patients, and the Browning community. Additionally, the investigation found that “the IHS repeatedly missed or ignored warning signs, tried to silence whistleblowers and allowed Mr. Weber to continue treating children despite the suspicions of colleagues up and down the chain of command.

Horowitz Law is experienced in representing Native Americans sexually abused by federal government employees.  We are also experienced in handling cases involving sexual assault by doctors and other medical personnel. If you are Native American sexually assaulted by a federal government, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com