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Appeals court rules an Ohio county can be liable for morgue worker who abused corpses

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Appeals court rules an Ohio county can be liable for morgue worker who abused corpses

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Aug 19, 2014

Earlier this week, Now Trending reported the story of a Rhode Island funeral home director who was stashing bodies in a garage and a storage locker rather then cremating them. Now comes word of a night shift worker at a morgue in Ohio who admitted to having intercourse with dead bodies in his care.

According to Time magazine, a federal appeals court has just ruled that the Ohio country that employed the morgue worker can be held liable for his actions.
 
“Kenneth Douglas, who worked night shifts at the Hamilton County morgue from 1976 until 1992, said in a deposition he had sex with up to 100 dead bodies, often while drunk or high on drugs,” WCPO Cincinnati and Time report.
 
“Families of the victims sued the county in 2012, after Douglas was charged and convicted in three cases of gross abuse of a corpse,” according to Time. Douglas reportedly abused the bodies while they were awaiting autopsy.
 
“The county maintains it can’t be held accountable for the actions of its employees. But on Friday, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a jury could find the county’s former coroner and morgue ‘recklessly and wantonly’ neglected to supervise Douglas,” WCPO and Time report.
Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Journal Broadcast Group.