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Tom Frieden Charged With Sex Abuse

Tom Frieden, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was arrested Friday in New York on charges of third-degree sexual abuse, harassment in the second degree, and forcible touching, reports The Washington Post.

According to law enforcement, Frieden turned himself in to authorities on Friday morning in Brooklyn, was arraigned on Friday afternoon, and released without bail. He is accused of grabbing a woman's buttocks without her consent at about 11 pm on Oct. 20, 2017. The incident, which was reported to authorities in July, took place in an apartment building in Brooklyn, WaPo reports.

Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Michael Yavinsky issued an order forbidding Frieden from contacting his accuser, WaPo says. Frieden, who waived a reading of the charges against him, was ordered to surrender his passport and is due back in court on Oct. 11. On Friday, Frieden's spokeswoman said the accusation "does not reflect Dr. Frieden's public or private behavior or his values over a lifetime of service to improve health around the world."

WaPo notes that it remained unclear on Friday why Frieden told the organization about the accusation three months before police said they were notified, but adds that Castro says Vital Strategies launched an investigation this month by an external expert and determined that there was no workplace harassment by Frieden during his time at the organization.
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