Daines urges HHS to stop pension for doctor convicted of sexual abuse

HELENA – Senator Steve Daines wants a doctor convicted of sexual abuse on the Blackfeet Reservation to stop receiving government benefits.

Daines sent a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging him to stop Stanley Patrick Weber from receiving a pension while serving an 18-year prison term.

Daines stated a report from earlier this week showed Weber could receive nearly $2 million while in prison.

Weber’s story was outlined in an investigation by the Wall Street Journal and aired on the PBS program Frontline.

Weber served as a pediatrician in Browning between 1992 and 1995. He was also accused of sexual abuse while serving on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

He was 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. He was sentenced in January.

Earlier this week, President Trump announced the formation of a new task force to focus on protecting Native American children in the Indian Health Service System.