NY - A former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was accused of grabbing a woman's behind and was arrested on Friday on a sex abuse charge but said the woman's allegation "does not reflect" who he is or the values he has.
The New York police department said Thomas Frieden was arrested on Friday morning in Brooklyn.
It is unclear if he has an attorney.
He is now in NYPD custody and is expected to head to Brooklyn Criminal Court for arraignment. President Obama appointed him director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2009, and he served in that role until the end of Obama's tenure.
Frieden, who was charged with forcible touching, sex abuse and harassment, was scheduled to appear in court in Brooklyn for his arraignment Friday afternoon.
He is now the president and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an organization that works to save lives from cardiovascular disease.
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It was not immediately clear whether Frieden had an attorney. Frieden led US public health efforts during a range of high-profile national and global health crises, including pandemic flu, Ebola and Zika.
Another familiar name is in the news on the wrong side of sexual abuse charges. Although the accuser is not an employee, Castro said, this prompted Vital Strategies to bring in an "external expert" to investigate whether Frieden had acted inappropriately in the workplace.
"Vital Strategies greatly values the work Dr. Frieden does to advance public health and he has my full confidence", Castro said.
According to the New York Police Department, Frieden is accused of touching a woman's buttocks without permission on October 20, 2017.