Former AHS North Zone lead doctor charged with sexual offences

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

The chief medical officer of health for the southern interior of British Columbia has been arrested on sex charges.

The chief medical health officer for Interior Health, Dr. Albert de Villiers, has been charged with sexual assault and sexual interference against a child.

RCMP say 52-year-old Albert de Villiers is expected in provincial court in Grande Prairie, Alta., on June 30.

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"As this matter is now before the courts no further information can be released", Grande Prairie RCMP said in a news release. The Grande Prairie RCMP Special Investigative Unit initiated an investigation into the allegations with assistance from the Grande Prairie Caribou Centre.

Police say he remains in custody awaiting a judicial hearing.

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

Officials with the Interior Health Authority could not immediately be reached for comment. He previously worked as lead medical officer of health for the North Zone and was based out of Grande Prairie. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles.

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