Two employees of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been arrested by DeKalb County Police on charges of child molestation.
Thomas Joseph Westerman, 42, and Kimberly Quinlan Lindsey, 44, were both charged with two counts of child molestation. Lindsey is also charged with one count of bestiality.
According to DeKalb Police, detectives were notified by a medical professional in late August of an allegation of the molestation of a 6-year-old boy.
Lindsey is the deputy director for the Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program Office at the CDC, according to her biography on the agency’s website. Prior to that, she was the senior health scientist in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, which oversaw the allocation process for $1.5 billion in terrorism preparedness.
In her 12 years at the CDC, Lindsey has received numerous awards for outstanding performance on projects and programs, according to her bio on Emory University’s Biological and Biomedical Sciences website. Lindsey earned her doctorate in immunology and molecular pathogenesis from the university in 1998.
A LinkedIn page for a Westerman lists him as having been a watch officer at the CDC from November 2009 to November 2010, and a resource management specialist since August 2011.
Westerman has been released from the DeKalb County Jail on $15,000 bond; Lindsey was released with a $20,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled in the DeKalb Magistrate Court on Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.