A former official in the Obama administration is facing charges related to groping, as described in a woman’s testimony to police earlier this year.
As the New York Times reported, former Center for Disease Control and Prevention head Dr. Thomas R. Frieden is accused of squeezing a 55-year-old woman’s posterior in October.
The alleged victim came forward in July, according to police reports. She said the inappropriate touching occurred at Frieden’s home in Brooklyn Heights in New York.
Reports indicate he appeared in court for an arraignment this week. Kings County Criminal Court Judge Michael Yavinsky announced charges of forcible touching as well as sexual abuse and harassment in the third degree.
Frieden was released from custody without bond but was ordered to stay away from the alleged victim.
He was also required to turn in his passport.
The woman making the allegations had been an early supporter of the #MeToo movement in New York.
She is described as an artist who created works meant to raise awareness of sexual misconduct and harassment.
She penned an online editorial describing the incident, though she did not identify Frieden at that time. In the article, she indicated that the man apologized for the encounter.
Prior to serving at the helm of the CDC during both of President Barack Obama’s terms in office, he had been health commissioner in New York City.
[Featured image: Thomas R. Frieden/Time, video screenshot]