Lawrence J. Clement, a 57-year-old Temperance man was jailed Thursday after he allegedly fondled a deceased woman’s corpse at a funeral home where he was employed.
According to the Toledo Police Department, employees with the H.H. Birkenkamp Funeral Home called the 51-year-old victim’s family members to report that one of their staff members had sexually abused her corpse.
They reportedly offered to waive the $11,000 funeral fee if the family did not call police.
Investigators say the family members refused the offer and contacted authorities. They also had the victim’s body transferred to the Ansberg-West Funeral Home, and are now struggling with funeral arrangements.
Representatives with the H.H Birkenkamp Funeral Home stated that Clement was a part-time unlicensed employee with the company and has since been fired. Another employee also witnessed the abuse against the victim.
Clement was booked into the Lucas County Jail and charged with abuse of a corpse.