Interior Health chief medical officer charged with sexually assaulting a young child

Lawrence Kim
June 10, 2021

Alberta RCMP say Albert de Villiers, who is 52, faces one count of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference.

In a news release late Tuesday, RCMP said on May 28, they received a report of sexual offences against a young child that allegedly took place between 2018 and 2020.

Mounties said the Grande Prairie Special Investigative Unit oversaw the investigation into de Villiers, with assistance from the Grande Prairie Caribou Centre. De Villiers was the medical officer for Alberta Heath Services' North Zone, based in Grande Prairie, from 2004 to July, 2020 when he left to assume the chief medical health officer position for IH.

His next court appearance is June 30 in Grande Prairie, 9 a.m.

A spokesperson said the health authority could not comment further on Tuesday, and directed questions to the RCMP.

Health Minister Adrian Dix did address the issue briefly this morning in a scrum with the media. "As you know, it's obviously a police matter and we're limited about what we can say as it works its way through the judicial system - as it should". "In particular the individual is now on leave". According to the health authority's website, Dr. Sue Pollock has been appointed interim chief medical health officer.

De Villiers moved to Kelowna in August 2020 to take on the job as top doctor for Interior Health.

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