A top official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and her live-in companion allegedly molested a 6-year-old boy.
And on Friday Ms. Kimberly Quinlan Lindsey, deputy director for the Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program Office at the CDC, and her boyfriend, Mr. Thomas Joseph Westerman, were indicted on two counts of child molestation, according to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office.
"These allegations outlined in this indictment are both disturbing and troubling," District Attorney Mr. Robert James said Monday. "We will prosecute both of these individuals to the fullest extent of the law."
The couple was arrested in October 2011 after a medical professional alerted police about a possible child molestation involving the child.
Court documents cited two incidents that happened between January and August 2011.
Mr. Westerman, 43, allegedly instructed the child to spank and touch Ms. Lindsey with a sex toy while the woman was partially undressed, according to the indictment filed in DeKalb Superior Court.
Mr. Westerman, a resource management specialist with the CDC at the time of his arrest, and Ms. Lindsey share a home in Decatur, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
CDC spokesman Mr. Tom Skinner said Ms. Lindsey, an Emory University graduate who has been with the CDC since 1999, is still employed by the agency, the AJC reported.
“Due process will play itself out,” he said, declining further comment about the case or the woman who at one point was responsible for overseeing a $1.5 billion fiscal allocation process for terrorism preparedness.
Mr. Westerman no longer works for the CDC, Mr. Skinner said.
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