The senior government scientist facing child molestation and bestiality charges has returned to her high-powered job at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr Kimberly Quinlan Lindsey, 44, is accused of engaging in ‘immoral and indecent’ sex acts with a a six-year-old boy.
She and her live-in boyfriend, 42-year-old Thomas Westerman, were arrested in October and are both free on bail. Mr Westerman is charged with two counts of child molesting.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Dr Lindsey has returned to work at the government’s top research lab for communicable diseases and medical and health issues.
The CDC will not comment on her case, though officials said they are aware of the charges.
The acts are alleged to have taken place between January 2010 to August 2011, according to authorities.
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An investigation was started into the child molestation charges after a medical professional alerted police.
During the investigation into the alleged molestation, authorities uncovered evidence Dr. Lindsey may have committed bestiality.
The bestiality does not involve the child.
Neighbors told the Atlanta NBC affiliate off camera that they do not believe the charges and spoke highly of both.
Lindsey is the deputy director for the Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program Office.
In the last 12 years while working for the agency she has received 12 awards for outstanding performance on projects and programs.
Before this she was the senior health scientist in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response which oversees the allocation of $1.5billion for the preparation for terrorism.
She got a doctoral degree in immunology and molecular pathogenesis from Emory University.
Westerrman works at the CDC as a night watchman.
CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said Lindsey is a deputy director within the Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services at the agency, while Westerman is a resource management specialist in the same office.
A spokesman for the agency told CNN it was aware of the case, but said it could not comment on personnel issues.