Ex-CDC chief accused of sex abuse released without bail

Ebony Scott
August 25, 2018

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.

Tom Frieden, a leading public health expert instrumental in the United States response to the Ebola crisis and to legislating against smoking, was arrested and charged with sexual harassment on Friday.

He served as director of the CDC from 2009 and until 2017, leading the response to the Ebola epidemic and the H1N1 swine flu pandemic.

The law enforcement official said that allegedly, there was a dinner party at Frieden's home, and as things were wrapping up and people were leaving, Frieden reached over and grabbed the woman without her consent. He turned himself in to the NYPD on Friday and faces two misdemeanor charges of forcible touching and sexual abuse, as well as harassment, a violation, reports the Daily News.

Frieden is expected to be arraigned on Friday afternoon.

Frieden leads a health initiative called Resolve to Save Lives, which is housed by nonprofit global health organization Vital Strategies. His attorney, Laura Brevetti, entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

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Its president and CEO, Jose Castro, told CNN that the groping accusation came from a friend who knew him and his family for more than 30 years.

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 the 1990s, he led a tuberculosis control program in NY that lowered the incidence of cases that were resident to multiple drug treatments. "Vital Strategies greatly values the work Dr. Frieden does to advance public health and he has my full confidence".

The judge ordered Frieden to refrain from any contact with the woman and to surrender his US passport.

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

Dr. Thomas "Tom" Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in a 2016 photo.

Other reports by GizPress

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