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Former CDC head Tom Frieden accused of sex abuse: sources

BROOKLYN — Tom Frieden, the former head of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been taken into custody Friday morning in New York City for allegedly forcibly touching at least one woman, sources told PIX11 News.

Former CDC head Tom Frieden was arrested on Aug. 23, 2018, for alleged sex abuse, sources said. (PIX11)

Frieden was the head of the CDC from 2009 to 2017 and commissioner of the New York City Department of Health from 2002 to 2009.

He is accused of grabbing a woman's buttocks near Montague and Clinton streets in Brooklyn Heights in October of last year, sources said.

Frieden, who lives on Montague Street, is expected to be charged with forcible touching, sex abuse and harassment, according to sources.

The former CDC head currently works at Vital Strategies, a nonprofit global health organization. He joined the organization after resigning from the CDC the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration.

In a statement, the CDC said it "has no information on this matter. We refer you to the appropriate law enforcement authorities."