Story by Margaret DeMarco
Stanley Patrick Weber, a former Browning physician, is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child, attempted sexual abuse of a minor, and abusive sexual contact of a minor.
Opening arguments in the case against Weber were held Tuesday afternoon in federal court in Great Falls.
The alleged incidents happened between 1992 and 1995 on the Blackfeet Reservation.
Two of Weber’s victims took the stand and described the sexual abuse that occurred either at the doctor’s office or at Weber’s residence.
The judge also allowed testimony from two other victims that are involved in the case against Weber in South Dakota.
Those incidents reportedly took place between 1995 and 1998, when Weber was practicing on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
The trial is expected to last through Friday.
(MARCH 7, 2018) Stanley Patrick Weber has been charged in federal court in Great Falls with attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child, attempted sexual abuse of a minor, abusive sexual contact of a minor, and two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
Court documents allege that between July 1993 and June 1995, he molested two boys on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
One of the boys was younger than 12 during the alleged incidents, and the other was 12 to 15 years old, according to court documents.
Weber was a doctor on the Blackfeet Reservation during this period. He worked there for the Indian Health Service from July 1992 to June 1995, according to the Rapid City Journal.
Weber pleaded not guilty to all the charges at the federal courthouse in Great Falls this week. His trial has been scheduled to begin in Great Falls on May 14th.
The Rapid City Journal reports that Weber was placed on an ankle monitor by the federal court in South Dakota after his indictment last February on 10 counts of child sexual abuse. The South Dakota offenses allegedly occurred after the ones in Montana.
Federal prosecutors in South Dakota say that between 1998 and 2011, Weber molested four Native children on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where he worked at the IHS hospital as a pediatrician. He became the hospital’s acting clinical director at one point and resigned in 2016.
Weber’s South Dakota charges include aggravated sexual abuse and sexual abuse, each of which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. His trial date in South Dakota is pending.
The Montana court allowed Weber to remain free from jail on bond under the South Dakota District’s supervision. The conditions of his release include not having any contact with minors, according to court records.