Former CDC director arrested on sex abuse charge

Grant Boone
August 25, 2018

There's no information on an attorney who could comment on Frieden's behalf.

It was reported to police in July. He was ordered to surrender his passport, and the judge issued an order of protection forbidding Frieden from contacting the accuser. Frieden was freed on his own recognizance, leaving in a auto with his attorney.

After leaving government past year, Frieden became the president of Resolve to Save Lives, an effort by the non-profit health organization Vital Strategies to improve public health systems around the world that is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

A spokesperson for Frieden released a statement, writing that "the allegation does not reflect" his "public or private behavior or his values".

The president of Vital Strategies, Jose L. Castro, came out in support of Frieden.

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A former city health commissioner has been accused of inappropriately touching a woman inside his Brooklyn home.

"I have known and worked closely with Dr. Frieden for almost 30 years and have seen first-hand that he has the highest ethical standards both personally and professionally", Castro said. Castro said the investigation found no inappropriate workplace behavior.

Frieden remained in custody on Friday, Muniz said. He stayed, taking a job heading the city's tuberculosis control. That led to work with the World Health Organization's TB program in India.

Tom Frieden was charged with misdemeanor counts of third-degree sexual abuse and forcible touching, as well as harassment, a violation, for allegedly touching the 55-year-old victim in October of last year. In 2003, NY banned smoking in nearly all workplaces, a precedent-setting move that inspired other cities to do the same.

He was behind some of the biggest public health initiatives in city history, including prohibiting smoking in bars and outlawing trans fats in restaurants. He was appointed to head the CDC by former President Barack Obama in 2009.

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