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Former Interior Health top doctor sentenced to 5.5 years for child sexual assault | #childpredator | #kidsaftey | #childsaftey

“This caused the victim serious emotional and psychological harm. The offender’s moral blameworthiness is high. The offender exploited the victim’s vulnerability by taking advantage of the offender’s position of trust as a trusted friend of the family which allowed the offender unsupervised access to the victim,” Leonard said.

“The offender made that choice freely. The fact that the offender is in a position of trust also increases the gravity.”

Leonard pointed out that there were dozens of supportive letters explaining that de Villiers is of good character and that others with families would trust him with their children.

That, however, isn’t enough.

“While the character references establish that the offender’s previous good character and parents trust him with their children, there’s no explanation why this changed with respect to the victim,” she said.

“The offender has not sought treatment or counseling. No explanation has been provided for why, in this case, the offender abused an important position of trust and authority.”

In doing so, Leonard said that the collateral consequence for De Villiers actions is a “career left in ruins”

“There is no circumstance in which (he) will be able to reclaim it.”

De Villiers is also facing separate child sex charges for allegations said to have occurred between January 2017 and December 2019 in Alberta. He’s scheduled to face trial on those charges in August.

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