IHS doctor in Sisseton fired for lewd acts with children

January 13, 2023
Mike Tanner

SISSETON, S.D.–A former optometrist who worked at the Woodrow Wilson Keeble Indian Health Service clinic in Sisseton (pictured) has been fired from his job after it was learned he’s facing criminal charges in California.

Reporter Jenna Kunze with the website Native News Online says 47 year-old Dr. Cesar Bartell was arrested in late December following a routine traffic stop conducted by a South Dakota Highway patrolman. During the stop, authorities ran a check of Bartell’s license plate and discovered he had a warrant out for this arrest out of California.

Bartell is facing four felony counts of Lewd Acts with a Child Under 14.

He appeared in Roberts County District Court on January 5th, where he waived extradition.

One day earlier, he was fired from his job with the Indian Health Service.

Read Jenna Kunze’s full story by clicking here: https://nativenewsonline.net/health/doctor-who-worked-at-ihs-facility-in-south-dakota-faces-criminal-charges-for-child-molestation