A high-ranking Centers for Disease Control and Prevention executive and her night watchman boyfriend have been arrested on charges of child molestation and bestiality, the Atlanta Journal Constitution first reported.
Dr. Kimberly Quinlan Lindsey, Deputy Director for the Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program Office (LSPPPO) at the CDC, is currently in jail after being arrested on charges of child molestation and bestiality.
Linsday and her boyfriend Thomas Westerman, who also appears to work for the CDC, surrendered to authorities on Sunday afternoon, Dekalb County, Ga., police spokeswoman Pamela Kunz told the Journal.
According to the report, a medical professional alerted police about the child molestation allegation on Aug. 24. The warrant cites two incidents involving a six-year old boy -- the first in Jan. 2010 and the latest on Aug. 22.
During the investigation evidence was recovered that led to the bestiality charge, Kunz told the Journal.
Westerman was reportedly released on bail, but Lindsay remains jailed on $20,000 bond, according to the Journal.
Based on her bio at the CDC Web site, Lindsey appears to have been a respected and accomplished executive. Her bio describes her most recent position (prior to being named Deputy Director) as responsible for the oversight of the $1.5 billion fiscal allocation process for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response funding agency wide.
Dr. Lindsay has held a number of positions at the CDC and has received a dozen performance awards.
Conversely, Westerman's employment record is less than impressive -- at least based on his LinkedIn profile, which suggests inaccuracies.
Westerman lists his current job as Watch Officer at the CDC (Control is misspelled in the listing), and claims to have worked there since January 2011 -- one year before the first alleged sexual abuse incident took place.
Beyond that, Westerman lists a series of short-lived jobs and cites multiple firings, one for sexual harassment and another for insubordination.
IBTimes has an inquiry out with one of his previous employers, and will stay on top of the story.
A CDC representative told the Journal that the government agency could not comment on personnel matters.