Dr. Albert de Villiers, chief medical health officer of B.C. Interior Health, charged with CHILD sex abuse

Dr. Albert de Villiers, chief medical health officer of B.C. Interior Health, charged with CHILD sex abuse

Doyle Potenteau, Kaylen Small  
Originally published on Global News

The chief medical health officer for Interior Health in B.C. has been arrested.

Alberta RCMP said Dr. Albert de Villiers, 52, was arrested in Kelowna on Tuesday on one count of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference.

Mounties received a report of sexual offences against a child on May 28, 2021, for incidents that allegedly happened between 2018 and 2020.

“The Grande Prairie RCMP special investigative unit initiated an investigation into the allegations with assistance from the Grande Prairie Caribou Centre,” RCMP said Tuesday night.

Police said de Villiers remains in custody awaiting a judicial hearing.

Interior Health said it will have more information on Wednesday.

De Villiers was named chief medical health officer for Interior Health in August 2020.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, de Villiers has been a high-profile figure, fronting the COVID-19 response in the community.

Prior to moving to the Okanagan, de Villiers was the lead medical officer in Alberta’s North zone and was based out of Grande Prairie.

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