Former AHS North Zone lead doctor charged with sexual offences

Dr. Albert de Villiers

Dr. Albert de Villiers

De Villiers was the medical officer for Alberta Heath Services' North Zone, based in Grande Prairie, from 2004 to July, 2020 when he left to assume the chief medical health officer position for IH.

Grande Prairie RCMP says that the 52-year-old has been charged following an investigation into allegations of sexual assault.

"As this matter is now before the courts no further information can be released", Grande Prairie RCMP said in a news release.

In a teleconference Wednesday afternoon, Health Minister Adrian Dix offered little comment on de Villiers' arrest.

De Villiers is in custody awaiting a bail hearing which is expected to take place tomorrow, June 9.

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

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. "Dr. Sue Pollock will be in the position starting next week", the statement said.

"All further questions should be directed to the RCMP", Interior Health said in a statement.

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