The Chief Medical Officer of the BC Ministry of the Interior was charged with sexual offences against children in Alberta
According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the chief medical officer of the Department of Home Affairs and Health in British Columbia has been arrested and charged with sexual assault and sexual interference with children.
Alberta Mounted Police said that 52-year-old Dr. Albert De Villiers was arrested in Kelowna on Tuesday.
The RCMP of Grand Prairie, Alta Province, said the investigation began on May 28, when they received a report of sexual assault on a young child between 2018 and 2020. The special investigation team of the unit is in charge of the case.
According to his LinkedIn profile, de Villiers worked in Grande Prairie in northwestern Alberta for 16 years as the Chief Medical Officer of the Northern District of the Alberta Department of Health Services.
This South African-trained doctor only worked for the inland health sector last year, but has been the main voice in the region’s response to COVID-19.
A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry said they were unable to comment on Tuesday night, but on Wednesday they will appoint a temporary interim chief medical officer to serve for the rest of the week. Dr. Sue Pollock will take over this role starting next week.
According to the sergeant. Shawn Graham, de Villiers of Grande Prairie RCMP is still in custody awaiting a bail hearing.
According to the Canadian Criminal Code, sexual interference includes contact with persons under the age of 16 for sexual purposes.