Published: Sat, August 25, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Thomas Frieden, Former Head of CDC, Arrested on Sex Abuse Charge

Thomas Frieden, Former Head of CDC, Arrested on Sex Abuse Charge

- One of the nation's most respected medical experts, who led the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, entered a courtroom on Friday in handcuffs, arrested on sexual-harassment charges after a woman accused him of grabbing her behind late one night previous year.

Frieden was the head of the CDC from 2009 to 2017 and commissioner of the New York City Department of Health from 2002 to 2009.

In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him as director of the CDC, the country's main public health agency.

A law enforcement official told CNN that authorities filed three charges against Frieden stemming from an alleged incident in his home in Brooklyn Heights in October.

Dr. Frieden and the woman knew each other, authorities said.

He is now in NYPD custody and is expected to head to Brooklyn Criminal Court for arraignment.

Frieden remained in custody on Friday, Muniz said. His attorney, Laura Brevetti, entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

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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".

In the '90s, he led a program to control tuberculosis in a NY, lowering incidences whereby people were resistant to multiple drugs.

Frieden's next court date was scheduled for October 11.

He added that Vital Strategies had conducted an investigation in which every staff member of his team was interviewed.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the charity run by Facebook (FB.O) co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, said in a statement that the organization was "disturbed and saddened" by the charges.

"Vital Strategies greatly values the work Dr. Frieden does to advance public health and he has my full confidence".

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