A well-respected scientist with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta has been charged with child molestation and bestiality in DeKalb County, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is back to work after a preliminary hearing.
Dr. Kimberly Quinlan Lindsey is the deputy director for the Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program Office at the CDC and has previously worked in terrorism preparedness. Her live-in boyfriend, Thomas Westerman, who works in other capacities at the CDC, is also charged with two counts of molestation, though no bestiality.
At the current time police have not revealed Dr. Lindsey and Thomas Westerman's relationship to the child, though WSBTV reported that Westerman allowed the boy to spank Dr. Lindsey's nude buttocks and let him use an electric sex toy on her.
Child sex abuse has been dominating the airwaves lately, with the harrowing stories of coaches Jerry Sandusky at Penn St., Bernie Fine at Syracuse, and Texas child psychiatrist Dr. Charles Fischer.
Georgia is among the many states that has stringent child abuse laws. One of the important ways in which Georgia Law tries to limit child sex abuse is by stipulating a mandatory reporting in Georgia requirement. As such, physicians, hospital personnel, dentists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, counselors, school teachers/officials, child welfare agency and child service organization personnel, law enforcement personnel, podiatrists, all have to report child abuse to the authorities.
In this case, it was a medical professional that alerted the police about the child molestation, reports the AJC.
To learn more about protecting your children from sex abuse in Georgia, please see below.
- Find an Atlanta Family Law attorney (FindLaw)
- Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse (FindLaw)
- Penn State Sex Scandal and Georgia Child Abuse (FindLaw's Atlanta Family Law Blog)
- Kimberly Lindsey Arrested: Bestiality, Child Molestation Charges Filed Against CDC Researcher (Huffington Post)