Oct. 11, 2011— -- An official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was arrested for allegedly molesting a child and bestiality, according to police in DeKalb County, Ga.
Kimberly Lindsey, 44, a deputy director at CDC, is charged with child molestation and bestiality for two incidences involving a 6-year-old child. Lindsey's live-in boyfriend, Thomas Westerman, 42, is also being charged with child molestation.
The pair is accused of involving the child in their sex acts, including allowing the boy to spank Lindsey's nude buttocks and let him use an electric sex toy on her, according to warrants issued for their arrests.
Lindsey is also accused of performing sexual acts with two pets.
Police said they found evidence in the home during a search that led to the issuance of the warrants, though they would not comment on the nature of the alleged evidence.
The pair turned themselves in on Sunday after they learned warrants had been issued for their arrests, police told ABC affiliate WSBTV.
Officers said a medical professional treating the victim alerted police. The incidences are alleged to have occurred in January of 2010 and August of 2011.
Lindsey is a deputy director for the Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program Office at the CDC, where she oversees $1.5 billion in funds that are disbursed across the agency for emergency response funding. She is listed as "Top Leadership" on the organization's website, which also says she has worked extensively with bioterrorism prevention, HIV/AIDs prevention, and labratory testing.
The website says she got her PHD from Emory and undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida.
Neither Lindsey nor Westerman could immediately be reached Tuesday.
Lindsey was released on $20,000 bond and Westerman was released on $15,000 bond.
The CDC had no comment other than to say its policy is to let situations like this play out in the criminal justice system.