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CDC Official Acquitted of Child Molestation Charges

A jury has acquitted an official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who had been accused of sexual acts involving a 6-year-old boy.

DeKalb County district attorney spokesman Marcus Garner says that Kimberly Quinlan Lindsey and ex-husband Thomas Joseph Westerman were acquitted Tuesday of child molestation charges in the case from five years ago.

Dekalb police were notified of the alleged abuse in August 2011 by a pediatrician. The couple was indicted in 2013.

Lindsey was allowed to return to work at the CDC after her arrest. During the trail, she was placed on administrative leave. Unlike Lindsey, Westerman lost his job following accusations.

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Lindsey’s attorney Jason Sheffield says their main defense was to show that Lindsey was collateral damage in an ongoing feud between Westerman and his first wife. Sheffield says the child’s mother had convinced him over the years that he’d been molested.

Sheffield says Lindsey is trying to put her life back together. She hopes to return to her position as deputy director of the Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services at the Atlanta-based agency.

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