Ex-CDC director Thomas Frieden denies groping allegation

Nora Nguyen
August 25, 2018

Former New York City health commissioner and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Tom Frieden has been arrested on charges he inappropriately touched a woman inside his Brooklyn home past year.

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. Prior to that, he served as New York City Health Commissioner.

After leaving the CDC, he created the non-governmental organization Resolve to Save Lives, an effort to improve public health responses to infectious disease outbreaks and address chronic illnesses such as obesity and diabetes.

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

The two have known each other for several years, the official said.

Helen Peterson, a spokeswoman for the Brooklyn district attorney's office, said he will be charged with third-degree sex abuse, forcible touching and harassment. "In all of my experiences with him, there have never been any concerns or reports of inappropriate conduct".

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"Vital Strategies greatly values the work Dr. Frieden does to advance public health and he has my full confidence", Castro said. In 2006, it became the first US city to ban restaurants from using artificial trans fats and required hundreds of eateries to post calorie counts on their menus.

Frieden leads a global health initiative called Resolve to Save Lives.

Across his career, Frieden has been praised for his work on reducing smoking rates and bringing the Ebola epidemic to its end.

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