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A former pediatrician with Indian Health Service on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was indicted Oct. 23 in federal court on two additional counts related to the sexual abuse of minors. 

Stanley Patrick Weber, a 69-year-old from Spearfish, now faces a total of 12 charges for allegedly sexually assaulting Native American children under 16 years old in Pine Ridge for more than 15 years between July 1995 and August 2011, court records show. 

One of the new counts is for aggravated sexual assault against someone under 12 years old between 1995 and 1998. The other is for sexually abusing a minor between 12 and 16 years old between 1998 and 2001.

He was initially charged in February 2017 with 10 counts: five counts of aggravated sexual abuse, one count of sexual abuse and four counts of sexual abuse of a minor. The new charges say the abuse began in 1995, three years earlier than what was alleged in the original indictment. 

Aggravated sexual abuse carries a prison sentence of between 30 years to life, sexual abuse carries penalties up to life imprisonment, and sexual abuse of a minor can lead to a term of up to 15 years.

Weber's two new charges in South Dakota come after a federal jury in Montana ruled in September 2018 that he was guilty of sexually abusing two Native American boys between July 1993 and June 1995 on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. 

The jury found him guilty of attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child, abusive sexual contact of a minor and two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child against two boys. Jurors found him not guilty of attempted sexual abuse of a minor. 

The Montana judge ordered Weber to be jailed until his sentencing on Dec. 13, according to a Sept. 6 article from the Great Falls Tribune. 

The original deadline for Weber and his attorneys to reach a plea deal with the prosecution in the South Dakota case was today. If no deal had been reached, his trial was scheduled to begin on Nov. 13, court records show. 

However Judge Jeffrey Viken agreed Thursday with the request of Weber's lawyer to delay all court deadlines until he is sentenced in Montana. The plea deal in the South Dakota case is now due Dec. 21, and if none is reached, Weber will go to trial on Jan. 8, 2019. 

Weber's lawyers are "intending to seek to negotiate a possible resolution of this case," they wrote in their motion to extend the deadlines.  

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— Contact Arielle Zionts at arielle.zionts@rapidcityjournal.com

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