Thomas Frieden, Former Head of CDC, Arrested on Sex Abuse Charge

Thomas Frieden, Former Head of CDC, Arrested on Sex Abuse Charge

Thomas Frieden, Former Head of CDC, Arrested on Sex Abuse Charge

Tom Frieden, the former head of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been taken into custody Friday morning in New York City for allegedly forcibly touching at least one woman, sources told PIX11 News.

A 55-year-old woman filed a complaint in July against Thomas Frieden, who once served as the city's health commissioner, accusing him of grabbing her buttocks without permission last October at his Brooklyn apartment, said New York City Police Department spokeswoman Arlene Muniz.

It is unclear if he has an attorney.

Frieden was expected to be arraigned at a Brooklyn courthouse on Friday.

After leaving the CDC in 2017, Frieden launched Resolve to Save Lives, a $225 million, 5-year initiative that "aims to save millions of lives from cardiovascular disease and make the world safer from epidemics" and is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He was charged with forcible touching, sex abuse and harassment.

"Vital Strategies greatly values the work Dr. Frieden does to advance public health and he has my full confidence", Castro said.

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An order of protection was issued, and Frieden is to have no contact with the alleged victim, according to the district attorney's office.

A spokesperson for Frieden released a statement, writing that "the allegation does not reflect" his "public or private behavior or his values".

In the 1990s, he led a tuberculosis control program in NY that lowered the incidence of cases that were resident to multiple drug treatments.

Nonetheless, earlier this month Vital Strategies hired an investigator to interview Resolve to Save Lives employees even though the woman didn't work there.

In 1996, he began working in India with the World Health Organization on tuberculosis control.

He was behind some of the biggest public health initiatives in city history, including prohibiting smoking in bars and outlawing trans fats in restaurants.

Frieden was CDC director until January 2017, when he resigned as part of the turnover to President Donald Trump's administration.

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