CINCINNATI (WKRC/AP) - An Ohio county where a morgue worker admitted to having sex with corpses at work can be held liable for his actions, a federal appeals court has ruled.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Friday said a jury might conclude the Hamilton County defendants, including the former coroner and morgue director, failed "recklessly and wantonly" to supervise the morgue attendant.
Kenneth Douglas is serving time in prison after he was convicted of having sex with corpses bodies inside the morgue he worked at. His crime came to light when he was arrested back in 2008 on a drug charge. A DNA test led to a match in a 1982 rape case, WKRC reported.
Hamilton County prosecutors launched an investigation after Douglas told investigators he had sex with as many as 100 corpses.
The judges also cited evidence that Douglas was drinking and having sex with live women while on the job as another reason to allow the lawsuit to go forward.
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