A blast from the past, not even a year and a half ago the former CDC head was arrested for sex abuse charges. For all of those claiming that we should trust everything that the CDC says, this is a cold reminder that things are not always as they seem America.
The following is a FLASHBACK report from our friends at The New York Post on August 24, 2018.
A married former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and onetime city health commissioner — was arrested Friday for allegedly grabbing a woman’s behind in his Brooklyn apartment 10 months ago, police sources said.
Dr. Thomas Frieden, 57, was charged with misdemeanor counts of third-degree sexual abuse and forcible touching, as well as harassment, a violation, for the alleged groping of the 55-year-old woman.
The woman, a feminist activist, was described as a close friend who had known Frieden and his family for more than 30 years. They were not believed to be romantically involved.
She and another couple were at his apartment on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights for a get-together on Oct. 20, 2017, and he allegedly squeezed her behind as the group was getting ready to leave at around 11 p.m., sources said.
The woman filed a report about the incident on July 7.
Frieden was arrested at 10 a.m. Friday after turning himself in at the NYPD’s Special Victims Division in Prospect Heights. He faces up to a year in jail if convicted.
He looked glum and didn’t answer reporters’ questions as he was walked by two detectives into a squad car with his hands cuffed behind him.
In court, he pleaded not guilty and a judge issued an order of protection on behalf of the woman before releasing him on his own recognizance.
“This 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,” his spokeswoman said.
The married dad of two currently heads Resolve to Save Lives, a $225 million health initiative by nonprofit Vital Strategies that is funded by the charities of former Mayor Mike Bloomberg and others.
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