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

Former AHS North Zone lead doctor charged with sexual offences

The Interior Health Authority's top doctor has been arrested on sex charges against a youth in Alberta.

Information on the charge alleges that de Villiers unlawfully committed a sexual assault upon the victim between those dates and the interference charge alleges that de Villiers "did for a sexual objective, unlawfully touch, directly or indirectly, with a part of the body or with an object, a part of the body (of) a person under the age of 16 years old".

He has been charged with one count of sexual assault and sexual interference and remains in custody while awaiting a judicial hearing.

Police say he was arrested in Kelowna, B.C., on Tuesday after a warrant was issued in Grande Prairie.

"As this matter is now before the courts no further information can be released", Grande Prairie RCMP said in a news release.

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

Mounties said the Grande Prairie Special Investigative Unit oversaw the investigation into de Villiers, with assistance from the Grande Prairie Caribou Centre.

"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.

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

"This is a serious matter that we can not comment on this evening". He previously worked as lead medical officer of health for the North Zone and was based out of Grande Prairie.

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