Former head of CDC arrested on charges of groping woman

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Thomas Frieden, a former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was arrested in New York City on Friday on allegations of sexual abuse and harassment of a woman a year ago, the New York Police Department said.

This time it's Thomas Frieden, former head of the CDC and a former health commissioner of New York City, reports Reuters. The incident, which was reported to authorities in July, took place in a residential part of Brooklyn, they said.

Frieden is expected to be arraigned Friday evening at criminal court.

The CDC referred calls about the charges against Frieden to law enforcement, saying it had "no information on this matter".

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A law enforcement official said that the alleged victim and Frieden had known each other for several years.

A statement was reportedly released on his behalf.

Another familiar name is in the news on the wrong side of sexual abuse charges. As such, even though she is not an employee, earlier this month we conducted a thorough investigation by an external expert, which included an in-depth interview with every staff member on the Resolve to Save Lives team to determine whether there are any concerns about inappropriate behavior.

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

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Frieden was a CDC disease investigator in 1990 when he was assigned to New York City and worked on a large outbreak of drug-resistant tuberculosis.

Across his career, Frieden has been praised for his work on reducing smoking rates and bringing the Ebola epidemic to its end.

In September 2017, Frieden announced he had moved back to New York City to head the $225 million Resolve to Save Lives initiative.

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