Chief Roger William of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation has been charged with sexual interference of a person under the age of 16.
The elected chief received the charge after it was approved by the BC Prosecution service.
Special Prosecutor Brock Martland has approved the charge of an incident that allegedly happened on May 12th of this year in Williams Lake.
Chief William appeared today (Wednesday) in Williams Lake Provincial Court.
Martland was appointed a Special Prosecutor earlier this month after a report to Crown Council was received by the BCPS.
The appointment of a Special Prosecutor is intended to avoid any potential for real or perceived improper influence in the administration of justice.
The announcement of the appointment was postponed pending the completion of the investigation and approval of charges.
Assistant Deputy Attorney General Peter Juk appointed Martland to the case because he considered it in the public interest to do so, according to the release.
No further information about the charges are being released. Chief William is only speaking to the media through his lawyer at this time.
William’s next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 20.