Another public figure has been arrested for charges of sexual abuse, this time a member of the Obama administration. Tom Frieden, who ran the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was taken into custody on Friday.
Former head of CDC Tom Frieden arrested and charged with forcible touching, sex abuse and harassment
Tom Frieden, former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been arrested amid allegations of forcible touching, sex abuse and harassment.
CNBC confirmed that Frieden was arrested on those charges after inappropriately touching a woman in October 2017.
Local media reported that the Frieden groped the woman in his Brooklyn home and that the woman reported the incident in July.
NYPD officers from Brooklyn’s special victims division arrested Frieden on Friday morning. He is expected in court later in the day.
Frieden was director of the CDC between 2009 and 2017, leading the agency as it worked to end the Ebola epidemic and an outbreak of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. He was also previously New York City Health Commissioner from 2002 and 2009.
Frieden now serves as president and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, a global health non-profit, which is an initiative of Vital Strategies. Jose Castro, president and CEO of Vital Strategies, said in a statement that in April Frieden mentioned allegations against him of inappropriate behavior.
Wow. Thomas Frieden, the head of the CDC under Obama, was arrested in Brooklyn on sex abuse charges, per the NYT. https://t.co/VTMthjzois
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) August 24, 2018
It doesn’t look good for Mr. Frieden.