“Weber’s Boys”; The trial of Stanley Weber Concludes
Friday, September 27, 2019
Pine Ridge, S.D. — Families across the Pine Ridge Reservation are paying close attention to the much-anticipated trial of Stanley Weber, the Indian Health Service Doctor who is charged with sexual assault crimes against Oglala Lakota children in Pine Ridge. The trial began on Monday September 23 with jury selections.
Weber came to Pine Ridge in 1995. It wasn’t until 2015 that a tribal investigation was initiated against Weber and the allegations of sexual abuse of his victims.
In 2017 Weber was indicted on 10 sex crimes involving the Pine Ridge victims. Weber has been convicted of similar charges in Montana for which he has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. Weber was found guilty of attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child,
attempted sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. He was cleared of one count of abusive sexual contact of a minor. In addition to his 18-year jail term, Weber was ordered to pay $2,000. Weber has been appealing this verdict while waiting his trial here in South Dakota.
During a four-day trial at the Federal Building in Rapid City, three of his victims, now adults, testified to the sexual assaults and manipulation they suffered at Weber’s hands. Their
testimony was often emotional and tearful. The youngest identified victim had only been nine years old at the time of his abuse by Weber.
Stories of visits to Weber’s IHS provided home in Pine Ridge were told along with information of how Weber groomed his victims. Food, clothing, cash gifts; all were used to buy
cooperation and silence. Former neighbors interviewed described young boys entering and exiting the Weber house during the very early morning hours.
Two other victims had been dismissed by the judge before the trial began. During the more than twenty years of abuse that had been witnessed and reported several former IHS employees have reported to not only the IHS administrators but even to the OST tribal council across several administrations. Some of the former employees, nurses who worked with Weber, testified that the suspected victims had been referred to as “Weber’s Boys”.
The IHS has hired a company to investigate the circumstances of Weber’s ability to access young patients in a manner that allows for sexual abuse and how to avoid those situations in the future. The US Dept. of Health and Human Services is looking into the way the reported concerns and were handled by the IHS in the early days of his abuse. Often times the reports made were never addressed at all.
At approximately 3 P.M., just hours after the jury was given the case against Weber to deliberate the message was sent out that they had reached a verdict. Stanley Patrick Weber has been found GUILTY on all 8 counts of attempted sexual assault and sexual
Updates with reactions from family members of the victims and those who advocated for them will be featured in the next issue of the OLN Newsletter.
The OST social media sites and website will also feature reactions from people who were either involved in the reporting of Weber’s abuse or those who helped bring news out of the courtroom during the trial.
Karin M. Eagle, OSTOYATE@GMAIL.COM
Editor- Oglala Lakota Nation Newsletter, OST Public Relations
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