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Former CDC Director Arrested, Charged With Sexual Misconduct
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=48954"><span class="small">Jason Linkins, ThinkProgress</span></a>   
Sunday, 26 August 2018 12:54

Linkins writes: "Tom Frieden, who headed the Centers for Disease Control during the Obama administration, was arrested in New York City on Friday after being accused of sexual misconduct."

Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control under Obama. (photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control under Obama. (photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


Former CDC Director Arrested, Charged With Sexual Misconduct

By Jason Linkins, ThinkProgress

26 August 18


The high-profile former health official is accused of groping a long-time acquaintance.

om Frieden, who headed the Centers for Disease Control during the Obama administration, was arrested in New York City on Friday after being accused of sexual misconduct.

Frieden, who is best known for leading the government’s response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak and currently is the CEO of public health start-up Resolve, turned himself in to police on Friday morning.

New York Police Department detective Sophia Mason told NPR that the accusations against the former public health official stem from an October 2017 incident at his home in which Frieden allegedly “grabbed a victim’s buttocks without her permission.”

The woman in question, apparently a decades-long acquaintance of Frieden’s, reported the matter to police in July. Frieden has been charged with third-degree sexual abuse and forcible touching — both misdemeanors — as well as harassment, a violation.

According to reports, Frieden was arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court yesterday, where he entered a not-guilty plea and was released on his own recognizance after surrendering his passport. Frieden will submit to an order of protection that forbids him from having any contact with his accuser.

Beyond entering a not-guilty plea, Frieden has yet to offer an explicit denial of the charges. According to a statement offered up by a spokesperson on Frieden’s behalf, “The allegation does not reflect Dr. Frieden’s public or private behavior or his values over a lifetime of service to improve health around the world.”

As the Huffington Post’s Lauren Weber reported, Frieden disclosed that a “non-work-related friend of his and his family of more than 30 years accused him of inappropriate physical contact,” to José Castro, the CEO of Resolve’s parent company, Vital Strategies.

Castro has, in the wake of Frieden’s arrest, offered his “full confidence” in the former CDC director. Officials at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative — key underwriters of Resolve — have issued similar statements, professing to take the accusations seriously and monitor the situation closely.

Frieden, best known for leading successful public health responses to the 2014 Ebola outbreak and the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic, also served as New York City’s health commissioner, where he led Bloomberg-era initiatives to curb smoking and ban trans fats from the city’s restaurants. His next court appearance is scheduled for October 11.


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+5 # Moxa 2018-08-26 17:40
Without knowing more of the facts, my first reaction to the accuser is "Grow up." Frieden grabbed her buttocks?? Well, an unwanted buttocks grope may be insulting or obnoxious, but I don't think it's worthy of getting someone arrested, or publicly humiliating them. Also it was not work-related. Unless there is a lot more to the story--a continued history of such activity, or any force involved, this sounds like unduly vindictive action on the accuser's part.
 
 
+3 # ddd-rrr 2018-08-27 06:57
OH, COME ON...! This is just plain silliness. Yes, likely this may have been
a mistake made between friends, but this DOES NOT rise to the level
of a *crime* of "sexual misconduct"! If it does, at least 50%
of our population could be arrested and so charged.
PERSPECTIVE and SENSE in these
matters MUST prevail!
 
 
+1 # Wise woman 2018-08-28 08:37
What is at fault here is that there are no rulings in place that treat sexual assault cases individually. Certainly groping is a minor offense compared to rape but it is an offense that needs to be dealt with. The fault lies within the law or lack thereof. Groping should never be tolerated and treated with a "boys will be boys" attitude. Recently a waitress was groped by a customer and the guy landed on his backside when she flipped him. I don't think he'll try it again. But not that many women have those skills.