Former AHS North Zone lead doctor charged with sexual offences

Former AHS North Zone lead doctor charged with sexual offences

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.

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

Grande Prairie RCMP said in a press release that a report was received on May 28 of sexual offences against a young child that had allegedly taken place between 2018 and 2020.

De Villiers was a medical officer of health for Alberta's north zone for 16 years until July 2020 before accepting a post in British Columbia, according to his LinkedIn profile. "As you know, it's obviously a police matter and we're limited about what we can say as it works its way through the judicial system - as it should".

A spokesperson said the health authority could not comment further on Tuesday, and directed questions to the RCMP. 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. The health authority covers more than 215,000 square kilometres spread out across the entire southern Interior and the Kootenays, including cities like Kamloops and Kelowna.

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



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