Tsilhqot'in chief charged with sexual offence placed on leave

By James Peters
August 31, 2017 - 10:45am Updated: August 31, 2017 - 12:05pm

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. — A Tsilhqot'in chief accused of a sexual offence against a child has been placed on a leave of absence by the Tsilhqot'in National Government (TNG).

Xeni Gwet'in Chief Roger William is facing one count of sexual interference of a person under the age of 16.

He was expected to make his first court appearance yesterday.

The TNG placed William on leave, effective immediately.

In a statement, the TNG said it "affirms that the safety and well-being of children and families is of paramount importance to the TNG and to the Tsilhqot'in Nation."

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