Funeral Home Employee Charged With Fondling Dead Body

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – A Michigan man has been indicted in Ohio on an abuse of a corpse charge following accusations that he fondled a dead woman’s body when he worked at a funeral home.

Lawrence Clement of Temperance, Mich., was indicted Tuesday in Lucas County. The 57-year-old has been fired from H.H. Birkenkamp Funeral Home in Toledo since the allegations surfaced.

The son of a 51-year-old woman who died of multiple organ failure has said he and his sister were told earlier this month that the body was mistreated and another funeral home employee witnessed the fondling.

The Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors says the funeral home contacted the board about the matter.

A telephone message left for Clement’s attorney before business hours Wednesday wasn’t immediately returned.

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  • hooligan

    OK, this is pretty disgusting, but did it need to get to this point? obviously he was caught in the act, why wasn’t he just stopped and fired on the spot? I don’t think the grieving family should have to endure this humiliation and now it is in the press. Seriously, this could have been handled discreetly and spared the family more pain.

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