Following his convictions, Weber appealed his cases. He lost both, with the ruling in the South Dakota case issued last Wednesday by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. The February 10 decision noted that Weber “advanced a theory of defense that he had been the victim of a conspiracy among some witnesses since he was an outsider in the Pine Ridge community.” The 8th Circuit, however, pointed out that not all of the witnesses against him were from the same place. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Weber in the Montana case in an unpublished opinion on February 10, 2020, a year prior to the 8th Circuit. The decision took only four days to render. Weber was first sentenced in the Montana case to 18 years in prison for his crimes. In South Dakota, he was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences for five aggravated sexual abuse charges and 15 years each on three counts of sexual abuse of a minor. Weber, 72, was ordered to serve his sentences consecutively and was collectively fined more than $1 million. He is being held for “LIFE” in FCI Phoenix, a medium security facility in Arizona, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. “This case was always about getting justice for these victims who suffered from the actions of an evil man, a doctor who abused the kids entrusted to his care,” Fred Bennett, a citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe who helped investigate Weber as a special agent with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, said in a January 27 news release. Bennett, who has since retired from the BIA, was among the recipients of the Attorney General’s Award, the highest award at the Department of Justice. A total of 15 tribal and federal law enforcement helped investigate the case.
The IHS is announcing a new hotline dedicated to receiving reports of suspected child or sexual abuse within an IHS facility and/or by an IHS staff member: https://t.co/eROaM1UYuG. Callers may report suspected child abuse or sexual abuse by calling 1-855-SAFE-IHS (1-855-723-3447) pic.twitter.com/oXWEuDKI21— IndianHealthService (@IHSgov) February 16, 2021
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