CDC official arrested on charges of child molestation, beastiality -- legitimate case or conspiracy setup?
Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
Dr. Kimberly Lindsey, 44, one of the suspects in the case, is the deputy director of the CDC's Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program Office, and was formerly a senior health scientist responsible for overseeing a $1.5 billion government allocation for "terrorism preparedness," according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Thomas Westerman, 42, was initially a "Watch Officer" (security guard) at the CDC who had recently become a resource management specialist, and who had previously worked in a high-level position at a packaging company. He also worked in various sales positions at pharmaceutical companies after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice at Middle Tennessee State University back in 1996 (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/thomas-...).
According to reports, Westerman, who is divorced, has been living with Dr. Lindsey in her Decatur, Ga., home, where the two were allegedly committing unlawful sex acts with a child and two animals. Police have charged Dr. Lindsey with two counts of child molestation involving a six-year-old, and one count of beastiality, and is currently in jail on $20,000 bail. Westerman, who has been charged with two counts of child molestation, has been released from jail on $15,000 bond.
Is Dr. Lindsey being targeted for bucking the system, or are the charges against her legitimate?
There are a few anomalies in the case, at least as it has been presented to the public, that deserve some attention before passing any judgment. First, Westerman's public LinkedIn profile shows that he had been fired from several previous positions for "insubordination," but was somehow able to gain access to a position where he would be guarding one of the most sensitive facilities in the US, one that houses critical biological contaminants and deadly viruses.
Second, who puts information about his firing history, including all the various reasons for getting fired, on his public LinkedIn profile in the first place? And why did a man with a degree in psychology and criminal justice who had held several high-level positions at various firms end up becoming a security guard at a high-risk government facility?
Then there is the issue of Dr. Lindsey's overseeing of billions of dollars worth of funds for "terrorism preparedness," as well as her previous position as senior health scientist at the CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. Dr. Lindsey has no known history of criminal activity, and yet she is now facing some of the worst criminal charges a person can face, and ones that, if she is convicted, will destroy her entire career.
Are the charges against Dr. Lindsey legitimate, or is she being targeted for knowing too much, or for not complying with a bigger, more sinister agenda? Given the high-level positions she has at the CDC, it is not out of the question to consider a scenario in which, perhaps, she had planned to come forward and blow the whistle on government corruption, and is now being punished for it.
The two suspects are set to appear at a preliminary hearing on December 1.
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