Reserved judgment of ex-BC medical officer charged with sex crimes
Albert de Villiers is charged with sex crimes against a young boy between June 15, 2018 and July 31, 2020 in Alberta.
Albert de Villiers, a former chief medical officer of the Interior of British Columbia, had the judgment of his trial for sex crimes against a child reserved on February 7.
The man pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexual assault against a child and a charge of sexual interference he allegedly committed against a young boy between June 15, 2018 and July 31, 2020. is a judge of the Court of King's Bench, Shaina Leonard, who heard, alone, the doctor's case in Grande Prairie, Alberta.
The trial, which is being conducted without a jury, began Tuesday with the testimony of the alleged victim, a child now 11 years old. The young boy, whose identity is being kept secret, said he was sexually assaulted, in addition to being shown pornography, by Albert de Villiers when he repeatedly slept at the doctor's .
Albert de Villiers defended himself on Wednesday by rejecting these allegations. The defendant has insisted on his innocence, but nevertheless believes he overstepped the bounds towards the family by acting as a relative rather than a friend. He said in particular that he and the child were close, but that no abuse took place.
The court also heard this week that the young boy slept at the doctor's several times. The alleged victim was sometimes accompanied by other members of his family, but he sometimes went there alone to spend the night.
The doctor explained during his testimony that he does not remember how many times the child and his family members slept at his house.
He says he once slept in the same tent as the boy while they were camping with other children. Albert de Villiers also said he once slept alone with the boy in a basement bedroom while his wife slept with other children upstairs.
The doctor agreed that he shouldn't have done certain things like sleeping in the same tent as children.
None of these allegations were made. been proven in court, pending judgment on February 7.
The defense questioned the young boy's testimony during the trial. The defendant's attorney, Chris Millsap, alleged that the child's testimony sometimes lacked consistency and that parts of his allegations were vague.
He has argued that the boy may be misremembering what happened. The lawyer raised the possibility that the child would have instead watched pornography on an electronic tablet when he was at the home of Albert de Villiers.
Clearly [the child] felt ashamed and guilty about what he saw, and that led to the conversation with his mother [about his allegations], Chris Millsap claimed.
Crown Attorney Amber Pickrell, however, countered that the boy was consistent about key details of his alleged assault. These are not details that he invented. He had no way of knowing these things.
Albert de Villiers worked as a Medical Officer of Health for Alberta Health Services North Zone for 16 years. He moved to Kelowna in 2020 for a position as Chief Interior Medical Officer of Health in British Columbia.
Albert de Villiers is also due to appear in court in the month of x27;August for three other counts involving another minor complainant. The case charges him with voyeurism, sexual interference and making sexually explicit material available to a child.
With information from Paige Parsons