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Funeral Home Employee Charged With Fondling Dead Body

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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.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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