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Dr. Albert de Villiers
The trial for Inside Well being’s former prime physician, accused of kid intercourse crimes, obtained underway Tuesday in Alberta.
Dr. Albert de Villiers, who served as IH’s chief medical well being officer till his arrest in June 2021, is going through one cost of sexually assaulting a toddler and one cost of invitation to sexual touching in relation to alleged incidents in Grande Prairie between 2018 and 2020.
Throughout that point, he labored as a medical well being officer for Alberta Well being Companies, a place he held for 16 years prior to creating the transfer to Kelowna in 2020.
CBC Information Edmonton stories the trial opened with testimony from an 11-year-old Alberta boy, who advised his mother and father de Villiers had sexually abused him and confirmed him pornographic movies. Court docket heard de Villiers was an in depth household pal. The boy’s identification is roofed by a publication ban.
A 2021 recording of the boy’s interview with police was performed in courtroom, the general public broadcaster reported.
The boy advised the police officer that he would typically sleep over on the de Villiers house, and through a kind of sleepovers, de Villiers advised him “the place infants come from” after which confirmed him pornographic movies.
The kid mentioned de Villiers then touched him sexually and that the assaults occurred greater than as soon as.
Underneath cross examination, the defence requested the boy about how his account of the occasions has differed as he’s advised it totally different occasions, the CBC reported.
The boy agreed that he advised his mother about being touched by de Villiers as a result of he was scared he’d get in hassle for watching express movies, however when requested, he insisted the sexual assault occurred.
The kid’s father additionally testified about studying concerning the allegations.
The judge-alone trial is anticipated to run for 2 extra days.
In a separate case not but at trial, de Villiers can also be going through separate prices of invitation to sexual touching, making sexually express materials accessible to a toddler and voyeurism — allegations that got here to gentle after the primary prices.