Former NYC health commissioner Tom Frieden arrested on sex charges

Dr. Tom Frieden

The former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention turned himself in to NY police today on charges that he groped a woman in October 2017.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control, was arrested and charged with forcible touching and harassment on Friday.

The married father-of-two is accused of grabbing the buttocks of a 55-year-old woman he knew during a dinner party at his home last October. The woman filed a complaint in July, police confirmed to AFP. From 2002 to 2009, he served as New York City's health and mental hygiene commissioner, where he supported programs to ban smoking in public places and remove unhealthy trans fats from restaurant meals. He is expected to appear in court later Friday.

On Friday morning, Frieden, 57, turned himself in, a spokeswoman at the Brooklyn District Attorney's office told NPR.

Frieden was a disease investigator at the Atlanta-based CDC, the nation's top public health agency, in 1990 when he was assigned to New York City and worked on a large outbreak of drug-resistant tuberculosis.

Jose Castro, president and CEO of Vital Strategies, the parent nonprofit of Resolve to Save Lives, said he was informed in April by Frieden "that a non-work-related friend of his and his family of more than 30 years accused him of inappropriate physical contact". Frieden surrendered his passport and is next due in court on October 11, prosecutors said.

He added that Vital Strategies had conducted an investigation in which every staff member of his team was interviewed. He was appointed to head the CDC by former President Barack Obama in 2009.

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