By CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) -- An official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has been arrested and charged with one count of bestiality and two counts of child molestation, police said.
The case involves a six-year-old boy, authorities said.
Police arrested Dr. Kimberly Quinlan Lindsey, 44, in DeKalb County on Sunday.
Authorities also charged Lindsey's live-in boyfriend, Thomas Joseph Westerman, 42, with two counts of child molestation.
A police incident report says the alleged acts took place from June 2004 to August 2011, but authorities did not disclose details.
Lindsey is the deputy director for the Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program Office at the CDC, according to her biography on the agency's website.
Prior to her current role, Lindsey was the senior health scientist in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. That office oversees the allocation process for $1.5 billion in terrorism preparedness.
In her 12 years at the CDC, Lindsey has received 12 awards for outstanding performance on projects and programs, according to her bio on Emory University's Biological and Biomedical Sciences website. Lindsey earned her PhD in immunology and molecular pathogenesis from the university in 1998, a year before she began work at the CDC.
Westerman's LinkedIn webpage lists him as a night watchman at the CDC, CNN affiliate WXIA reported. An employee profile of him at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lists him as a resource management specialist.
CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said the agency is aware of the case, but cannot comment on personnel issues.
Lindsey remains jailed on a $20,000 bond, DeKalb County police Lt. Pam Kunz told WXIA. Westerman was released on bond.
- Why such a low bail? Other I've seen, who've done less, get $100,000 bail, or more. All she has to pay is 10% of this, which someone with her job, seems like she should be able to pay it real quick.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 1.
Early Tuesday morning, CNN was unable to ascertain whether Lindsey retained an attorney.