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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 14, 2020

Former Indian Health Services Doctor Indicted on Multiple Counts of Sexual Abuse and Abusive Sexual Contact

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Wagner, South Dakota, man formerly employed as a physician for Indian Health Services at the Wagner Indian Health Service Clinic has been indicted by a federal grand jury for four Counts of Sexual Abuse and four Counts of Abusive Sexual Contact involving his patients. 

Pedro Ibarra-Perocier, age 58, was indicted on February 4, 2020.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on February 13, 2020, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, life of supervised release, and up to $800 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

Count 1 of the Indictment alleges that on or about between approximately January 2017, and August 2018, Ibarra-Perocier knowingly caused and attempt to cause Adult Victim #1 to engage in a sexual act by threatening and placing Adult Victim #1 in fear.

Count 2 of the Indictment alleges that on or about between approximately January 2014, and February 2017, Ibarra-Perocier knowingly caused and attempt to cause Adult Victim #2 to engage in a sexual act by threatening and placing Adult Victim #2 in fear.

Count 3 of the Indictment alleges that on or about between approximately April 2018, and August 2018, Ibarra-Perocier knowingly caused and attempt to cause Adult Victim #3 to engage in a sexual act by threatening and placing Adult Victim #3 in fear.

Count 4 of the Indictment alleges that on or about between approximately April 2018, and June 2018, Ibarra-Perocier knowingly caused and attempt to cause Adult Victim #4 to engage in a sexual act by threatening and placing Adult Victim #4 in fear.

Count 5 of the Indictment alleges that on or about between approximately January 2017, and August 2018, Ibarra-Perocier knowingly engaged in, and attempted to engage in, sexual contact with Adult Victim #1 by threatening and placing Adult Victim #1 in fear.

Count 6 of the Indictment alleges that on or about between approximately January 2014, and February 2017, Ibarra-Perocier knowingly engaged in, and attempted to engage in, sexual contact with Adult Victim #2 by threatening and placing Adult Victim #2 in fear.

Count 7 of the Indictment alleges that on or about between approximately April 2018, and August 2018, Ibarra-Perocier knowingly engaged in, and attempted to engage in, sexual contact with Adult Victim #3 by threatening and placing Adult Victim #3 in fear.

Count 8 of the Indictment alleges that on or about between approximately August 2016, and June 2018, Ibarra-Perocier knowingly engaged in, and attempted to engage in, sexual contact with Adult Victim #4 by threatening and placing Adult Victim #4 in fear.

The charges are merely accusations and Ibarra-Perocier is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ann M. Hoffman and Jeffrey C. Clapper are prosecuting the case.   

Ibarra-Perocier was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

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Updated February 19, 2020