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CDC Official Back To Work Amid Child Molestation, Bestiality Charges

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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official has returned to work after recently being charged with child molestation and bestiality for alleged sexual acts involving a 6-year-old boy and two of her pets.

Kimberly Quinlan Lindsey, the deputy director for the CDC’s Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program Office, is back on the job after she and her live-in boyfriend, Thomas Westerman, a fellow CDC employee, were arrested Oct. 10 on multiple counts of child molestation, according to the incident report. Lindsey also faces one charge of bestiality, according to police.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that one of Lindsey’s attorneys has indicated that she has returned to work. He added that her preliminary hearing was set for today before being reset for a future date.

Lindsey’s return to the job comes after her arrest in October, which concluded a six-week investigation by DeKalb County police that unearthed evidence of a 6-year-old being used during sex by Lindsey and Westerman. The child molestation, which took place between January 2010 and August 2010 at Lindsey’s Decatur, Ga., home, involved the 6-year-old allegedly spanking Lindsey and using a vibrator on her, according to reports.

In addition to the child molestation allegations, police allegedly discovered photographs of Lindsey performing sexual acts on two pets.

Mekka Parish, public information officer for the DeKalb County Police Department, told CBS Atlanta that detectives were notified in late August by a medical professional of the alleged child molestation. Aside from the incident report, no other additional information or documents about the investigation have been made publically available.

Lindsey was eventually released on $20,000 bond. Westerman was released on bail the weekend of his arrest.

The allegations against Lindsey have come at a time when she was considered a highly regarded CDC official, being honored for several awards since coming to the agency in 1999, according to her CDC biography. Before ascending to her current position, Lindsey served in the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response as its senior health scientist, helping to oversee the allocation of about $1.5 billion in terrorism preparedness.

Before becoming a resource management specialist for the CDC, Westerman was the night watchman. There has been no word as to whether Westerman has returned to his job, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Messages left by CBS Atlanta for the CDC were not immediately returned.

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