Former IHS Doctor Charged With Sexual Abuse, Abusive Sexual Contact

SIOUX FALLS — A Wagner 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.

According to a press release issued Friday by United States Attorney Ron Parsons, Pedro Ibarra-Perocier, 58, was indicted Feb. 4. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on Feb. 13 and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

Count 1 of the Indictment alleges that on or about between approximately January 2017 and August 2018, Ibarra-Perocier knowingly caused and attempted 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 attempted 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 attempted 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 attempted 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 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.

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.

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.

In other press releases issued Friday:

• A Tyndall man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography.

Paul Hovorka, 24, was indicted Feb. 4. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy Feb. 12 and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

The indictment alleges that between June 15-Nov. 21, 2019, Hovorka knowingly received and attempted to receive child pornography that had been mailed, shipped and transported in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce by any means, including by computer.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, life years of supervised release, and up to $5,100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

Hovorka was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

• An Alcester man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for 12 counts of wire fraud and 8 counts of mail fraud.

Christopher Day, 31, was indicted on Feb. 4. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on Feb. 12 and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

The indictment alleges that between 2015 and 2019, Day, who worked for Pedersen Machine located in Beresford, knowingly and unlawfully devised a scheme and artifice to defraud and to obtain money and property by means of false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises.

The indictment also alleges that between 2018 and 2019, Day knowingly caused to be sent and delivered by the U.S. Postal Service invoices for transactions involving Day’s shell business, which were sent to Day from his employer.

Day would order parts for himself, which he would resell online. Day would make it appear as though those parts were ordered on behalf of his employer’s customers. He would then cancel the orders, but still keep the parts.

Day was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and up to $2,000 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The investigations of the Hovorka and Day cases are being conducted by the Division of Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the cases.

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Division of Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case.

Hovorka was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

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