Michigan Man Indicted on Ohio Corpse Abuse Charge
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Published: March 28, 2012 at 9:52 AM ET
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.
Clement may have believed the fondling was consensual because the dead woman did not object.
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.