Tom Frieden, ex-CDC head and New York City Health Commissioner, arrested after allegation groping

Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the CDC, has been arrested on suspicion of sexual harassment of a woman’s Brooklyn apartment.


Tom Frieden, the former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a former New York City Health Commissioner, has been arrested amid allegations that he sexually abused a woman in his Brooklyn apartment.

Police confirmed to Fox News that Frieden, 57, surrendered to the NYPD’s Special Victims Unit at the 77th precinct on Friday and has been charged with forcible touching, sexual abuse and sexual harassment.

The charges stem from allegations that he groped a woman he knew last October in his home in Brooklyn Heights, ABC7 reported.

Frieden, who now works in the Vital Strategies, a non-profit global health organization, and was the head of the New York city health department from 2002 to 2009 and the CDC from 2009 to 2017. He resigned from the CDC on the day of President Trump ‘ s inauguration.


Frieden worked with Michael Bloomberg when he was mayor of New York. In 2003, the city banned smoking in almost all workplaces in the framework of its mandate, while in 2006 the city was for the first time in the united states to ban restaurants from using artificial trans fats.

He was the head of the CDC during the great Ebola, and Zika epidemics, undertaking what he called the “greatest mobilization of the CDC in the history.”

A person who used to be with him, told the Washington Post that she was “shocked” to hear of the allegations.

“I have never, ever heard of the cases in the past, or a kind of accusations, such as this in the past,” the person said. “It is absolutely not a character that I knew and worked with.”

Chris Irvine is Senior News Editor at Fox News. His Twitter @chrisirvine86

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