Former AHS North Zone lead doctor charged with sexual offences

Former AHS North Zone lead doctor charged with sexual offences

Top doctor for B.C. Interior charged with sexual offences involving Alta. child

Albert de Villiers, 52, was arrested in Kelowna on Tuesday.

De Villiers faces one count of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference.

Grande Prairie RCMP say in a release that the charges follow allegations that occurred between 2018 and 2020 involving a child that were investigated by its Special Investigative Unit.

"I know she'll continue to... work hard as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic in Interior Health and, indeed, across British Columbia", he said.

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Before moving to the Okanagan in the summer of 2020, de Villiers spent 16 years as the lead medical officer for the Alberta Health Services north zone.

His next court appearance is June 30 in Grande Prairie, 9 a.m. We will be appointing a temporary interim CMHO tomorrow (Wednesday) to function for the week, and Dr. Sue Pollock will be in the position starting next week.

Daily Hive has reached out to Interior Health Authority for further comment.

Health Minister Adrian Dix did address the issue briefly this morning in a scrum with the media.

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"This is a serious matter that we can not comment on this evening". "In particular the individual is now on leave".

De Villiers has been the chief medical health officer for the vast Interior Health region since August of 2020. He originally came to Canada from South Africa.

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