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Interior Health's top doctor charged with sexual assault, sexual interference

Last Updated Jun 8, 2021 at 11:47 pm PDT

Summary

The Alberta RCMP have confirmed that the charges against Dr. Albert de Villiers come out of Grande Prairie

KELOWNA (NEWS 1130) — The top doctor for B.C.’s Interior Health Authority was arrested in Kelowna Tuesday and has been charged with sexual assault and sexual interference, and police say the alleged victim in the case is “a young child.”

The Alberta RCMP have confirmed that the charges against Dr. Albert de Villiers come out of Grande Prairie. Before coming to British Columbia, de Villiers worked in Grande Prairie as the lead medical health officer for Alberta’s north zone.

In a statement, Mounties say they launched an investigation into de Villiers on May 28, 2021.

“RCMP received a report of sexual offences against a young child that had allegedly taken place between 2018 and 2020,” the statement says. “On June 8, 2021, Albert de Villiers (52) was arrested in Kelowna, B.C with assistance from Kelowna RCMP.”

The RCMP say no further information will be release because “the matter is now before the courts.”

De Villiers has been the chief medical health officer for the vast Interior Health region since August of 2020.

NEWS 1130 contacted the health authority for comment, and received a brief statement in response.

“This is a serious matter that we cannot comment on this evening. 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. All further questions should be directed to the RCMP,” it read.