Former head of CDC arrested on charges of groping woman

Former head of CDC arrested on charges of groping woman

Former head of CDC arrested on charges of groping woman

A former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who helped contain the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, was arrested and charged with sexual abuse on Friday after being accused of groping a woman a year ago.

Vital Strategies, a global health organization that now oversees the non governmental health group that Frieden founded after leaving the CDC, said in a statement that they were informed by Frieden of the complaint of inappropriate physical contact last April.

Frieden, 57, turned himself in to a Brooklyn police station, Muniz said, and he was arrested on misdemeanor charges of sexual abuse, forcible touching and harassment.

As New York's health commissioner from 2002 to 2009, he oversaw efforts to ban smoking in public places. He is expected to appear in court later Friday.

Frieden is next due in court on October 11, according to court staff. Brevetti, reached by telephone, declined further comment.

A spokeswoman for Frieden told CNN, "This allegation does not reflect Dr. Frieden's public or private behavior or his values over a lifetime of service to improve health around the world". "This assessment determined there have been no incidents of workplace harassment", he said.

Frieden remained in custody on Friday, Muniz said. "In all of my experiences with him, there have never been any concerns or reports of inappropriate conduct", he said.

A law enforcement official said that the alleged victim and Frieden had known each other for several years. He stayed, taking a job heading the city's tuberculosis control.

The president of Vital Strategies, Jose L. Castro, came out in support of Frieden. That led to work with the World Health Organization's TB program in India.

Dr. Thomas "Tom" Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in a 2016 photo.

Frieden resigned from the agency on the day President Donald Trump was sworn into office.

In September 2017, Frieden announced he had moved back to New York City to head the $225 million Resolve to Save Lives initiative.

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