ATLANTA (WAOK/AJC) A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official was arrested Sunday and charged with two counts of child molestation and bestiality for sexual acts involving a 6-year-old boy.
According to a DeKalb County criminal warrant obtained Sunday, Kimberly Quinlan Lindsey’s boyfriend, Thomas Westerman, was also arrested on two counts of child molestation. Westerman works for the CDC as a night watchman, his LinkedIn profile states. The pair, who live together in Decatur, surrendered to authorities Sunday afternoon, said DeKalb police spokeswoman Pamela Kunz.
Lindsey, 44, serves as the deputy director for the Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program Office at the CDC, according to her biography on the agency’s website. The Emory University graduate, who’s been with the CDC since 1999, was formerly a senior health scientist responsible for overseeing a $1.5 billion fiscal allocation process for terrorism preparedness.
A medical professional alerted police about the child molestation allegation on Aug. 24, Kunz said. The warrant cites two incidents — the first in Jan. 2010 and the latest on Aug. 22.
Westerman was released on bond early Sunday morning. Lindsey remains jailed on $20,000 bond. The two suspects are scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing Dec. 1.
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