Interior health official facing sex charges in Alberta released from custody

Interior health official facing sex charges in Alberta released from custody

Interior health official facing sex charges in Alberta released from custody

Alberta RCMP spokesperson Cpl.

The 52-year-old doctor was arrested on behalf of the Grande Praire RCMP detachment, which said it began investigating after receiving a report of "sexual offences against a young child that had allegedly taken place between 2018 and 2020".

Grande Prairie RCMP said it received a report of sexual offences committed against a child on May 28.

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

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

Dr.de Villiers joined Interior Health in 2020.

"These are serious charges, of course, and they are very concerning to us and obviously for everyone at Interior Health", he said. We will be appointing a temporary interim (chief medical health officer) tomorrow to function for the week.

Daily Hive has reached out to Interior Health Authority for further comment. 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. 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.

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