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Former CDC Director Frieden Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2009 to 2017, was arrested in New York City today on charges of forcible touching, sex abuse, and harassment of a woman in 2017, according to multiple media reports, which cited information from the New York Police Department.
CNN reported: “A law enforcement official said that the alleged victim and Frieden had known each other for several years,” stating that the charges stem from a dinner party in October 2017 at Frieden’s apartment in Brooklyn Heights at which, as people were leaving, Frieden allegedly grabbed the buttocks of a 55-year-old woman without her consent.
Also according to CNN, Frieden turned himself in and is expected to head to Brooklyn Criminal Court this afternoon for arraignment, to face “one count of forcible touching, one count of sex abuse in the third degree and one count of harassment in the second degree.”
Reuters reported that the woman filed the complaint in July.
Frieden stepped down from the CDC at the beginning of the Trump presidency, citing protocol. He had headed the CDC longer than any other director with the exception of the late David Sencer, MD, who served from 1966 to 1977.
Before his stint at the CDC, Frieden served as the New York City health commissioner from 2002 to 2009.
He now serves as the president and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, a global health nonprofit.