Tuesday, 28 September, 2021

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

Former North Zone Medical Officer of Health Dr. Albert de Villiers Former North Zone Medical Officer of Health Dr. Albert de Villiers
Adrian Cunningham | 10 June, 2021, 08:53

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

Police say a chief medical officer of health for the southern Interior of British Columbia who was arrested on sex charges has been released from custody on the condition he appear in court later this month.

Grande Prairie RCMP says that the 52-year-old has been charged following an investigation into allegations of sexual assault.

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.

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Dr. De Villiers was the medical officer of health for Alberta's North Zone until July 2020 before taking the post in B.C.

"These are serious charges, of course, and they are very concerning to us and obviously for everyone at Interior Health", he said. 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.

Interior Health's chief medical officer has been charged with sexually assaulting a young child, Mounties in Alberta have confirmed.

A spokesperson said the health authority could not comment further on Tuesday, and directed questions to the RCMP. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.