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

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

Grande Prairie RCMP say the charges against de Villiers come after allegations of the sexual assaults against the young child were reported to them on May 28 of this year.

De Villiers remains in custody awaiting a court appearance after being charged with sexual assault and sexual interference, police said.

They say the alleged offences involving a child occurred between 2018 and 2020 and were investigated by its Special Investigative Unit.

"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.

Before starting in his role with IH, de Villiers was the lead medical health officer for Alberta Health Services' North Zone, based out of Grande Prairie, a position he was in for 16 years, according to his LinkedIn profile.

A spokesperson said the health authority could not comment further on Tuesday, and directed questions to the RCMP.

"The individual is now on leave", Dix told reporters.

"This is a serious matter that we can not comment on this evening".

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