On the heels of Indian Health Service former doctor Stanley Weber getting five life sentences for sexually abusing Native American boys on the Pine Ridge Reservation, another South Dakota IHS doctor could face a life sentence. Dr. Pedro H. Ibarra-Perocier of Wagner is accused of forcing his female adult patients to have sex with him. Ibarra-Perocier was working as a physician on the Yankton Sioux Reservation.
According to the Wagner-Yankton Indian Health Service Facebook page, Dr. Pedro H. Ibarra-Perocier has a degree in general medicine from the Dominican Republic.
He started working as a medical officer for IHS in 2006 and in 2018 he was making $190,000 a year working in Wagner.
Thursday he heard the the eight felony charges against him in court.
Ibarra-Perocier is accused of forcing four Native American women, who were his patients, into sexual acts with him.
The abuse allegedly goes back to 2014 and according to court documents continued through 2018.
If found guilty, Ibarra-Perocier could face up to life in prison for the charges. He was released on a personal recognizance bond.
Angela Kennecke: Did you force four of your female patients into sexual acts with you…
Ibarra-Perocier: No comment.
Attorney Raleigh Hansman: No comment!
Ibarra-Perocier, who is from the Dominican Republic, had to turn his passport in.
IHS tells KELOLAND News that Ibarra-Perocier worked at the Yankton Service Unit in Wagner from 08/20/2006 to 10/29/2019.
IHS also gave KELOLAND News this statement:
IHS has made important strides to address and prevent sexual abuse in healthcare facilities and strengthen policies on patient protections and staff reporting responsibilities. Patients and employees of the Indian Health Service should never face sexual harassment or abuse. We will continue to institute the reforms necessary to create the high quality care environment that our patients and employees should expect in our clinics and hospitals.
IHS issued new policies that address the types of protections set forth by nationally recognized professional organizations and has made significant progress on implementing them. IHS is committed to protecting patients in our care from sexual abuse and holding accountable anyone who has abused patients or failed to protect them. We will continue to review and revise policies, procedures, and systems as needed, and will work in partnership with tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations to provide a safe environment for patients.
In order to have complete confidence in the integrity of the federal government and to achieve our agency mission and goals, IHS believes we must work positively and cooperatively with authorities, including the HHS Office of the Inspector General. The Indian Health Service is committed to ensuring a culture of quality, leadership and accountability.