Two former employees for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been indicted for child molestation by a DeKalb County grand jury.
Thomas Joseph Westerman, 42, and Kimberly Quinlan Lindsey, 44, were arrested in 2011. Each was recently charged with two counts of child molestation.
According to the indictment, Westerman and Lindsey asked the child to âspank the buttocksâ of the partially nude Lindsey while Westerman watched. Additionally, the indictment states that Westerman forced the child to use a sex toy on Lindsey.
The abuse allegedly took place January-August 2011, and DeKalb Police said detectives were notified by a medical professional in late August 2011 of the alleged child molestation of a 6-year-old boy.
Evidence recovered during the investigation led to the issuance of criminal warrants against the defendants on Oct. 9, 2011.Â Both suspects surrendered on the charges and were lodged in the DeKalb County Jail.
Lindsey was the deputy director for the Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program Office at the CDC. 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 profile on Emory Universityâs Biological and Biomedical Sciences website. Lindsey earned her doctorate in immunology and molecular pathogenesis from the university in 1998.
A LinkedIn page for Westerman lists him as having been a watch officer at the CDC from 2009-10.