CDC Deputy Director arrested on child molestation, bestiality charges

11:36 AM, Oct 11, 2011   |    comments
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DECATUR, Ga. -- A top official with the Centers for Disease Control and her live-in boyfriend are accused of molesting a six-year-old boy.

Dr. Kimberly Lindsey, 44, and Thomas Joseph Westerman were arrested Sunday.

Police have also charged Dr. Lindsey with bestiality.

CDC spokesman Tom Skinner told the Associated Press that Lindsey is deputy director of the CDC's "Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services" in DeKalb County. The CDC's website, however, listed her as second in command in the "Laboratory Science, Policy and Practice Program Office."

Her career at the CDC has included oversight of a $1.5 billion terrorism preparedness budget. She's also been a top manager of HIV/AIDS Prevention.

Skinner said Westerman is resource management specialist in the same office as Lindsey. His LinkedIn webpage had said he was a night watchman.

The two share a home in Decatur.

Police believe the couple involved a six-year-old boy in sex acts in their house.

According to police, a medical professional tipped officers off to the child molestation case, and while detectives were investigating, they found photographs of Lindsey that led them to charge her with bestiality. They said that that offense did not involve the child. 

Neighbors told 11Alive News off-camera that they do not believe there is any truth to the charges against Lindsey and Westerman, and speak highly of both of them.

Westerman, 43, was released on a $15,000 bond. Monday night, outside the DeKalb County Jail, he declined to comment.

Bond was set for Lindsey at $20,000, and as of Tuesday morning, she was still in jail.

A spokesperson for the CDC said Monday afternoon that the agency was aware of Lindsey's arrest. She was still an employee of the CDC, but the spokesperson could not comment further.

Lindsay, 44, received her bachelor's degree in molecular biology from The University of Central Florida. She received her doctoral degree in immunology and molecular pathogenesis from Emory University.

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