A spokesman for the New York City Police Department told Politico Frieden, who once led the city’s health department, faces charges of sex abuse, forcible touching and harassment.
CNBC reported a woman said in July she was groped in Frieden’s Brooklyn home last October.
He was expected to appear in court later Friday.
Frieden led the New York State Department of Health from 2002 to 2009 under the administration of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He was then director of the CDC from 2009 to 2017 under President Barack Obama.