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Interior Health's former chief medical health officer in court for sex assault charge in April

Interior Health's Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Albert de Villiers
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July 27, 2021 - 9:00 PM

The Alberta court system continues to move forward with charges against Interior Health's former chief medical health officer.

Dr. Albert Stefanus de Villiers, who was until June the health authority's top doctor, has had his preliminary hearing for the charges of sexual assault and sexual interference scheduled for 9:30 a.m. April 12, 2022, in a Grande Prairie, Alta,  provincial courtroom. 

The charges of sexual assault and sexual interference, according to court documents, are for events that allegedly took place between June 15, 2018, and July 31, 2020, near Grande Prairie.

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 purpose, 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.”

De Villiers was arrested June 8, in Kelowna, with assistance from Kelowna RCMP. He was in custody overnight and today, June 9, released on a release order by consent, in the amount of $1,500 with no cash deposit or surety, with conditions.

Dr. de Villiers took over as chief medical health officer of Interior Health in August 2020.

Previously he worked out of Grande Prairie as the lead medical health officer with Alberta’s north zone. He originally came to Canada from South Africa.


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