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January 12, 2011

"Ohio man accused of having sex with a corpse says he didn't know woman was dead"

The headline of this AP story not only is impossible for this blogger to resist, but also is certain to be fodder for late-night talk-show hosts.  Readers are, of course, welcome to come up with their own punchlines (and alternative sentencing proposals) given these basic facts:

Police say an Ohio man accused of having sex with a corpse told investigators he didn't at first realize the woman was dead.  Fifty-five-year-old Richard Elwood Sanden of Geneva, Ohio, was being held on $500,000 bond Wednesday in the Daviess County Jail in Washington, Ind., on charges including abuse of a corpse and possession of marijuana.

The Washington Times-Herald reports police arrested Sanden on Saturday night after they were called to the dead woman's apartment. The newspaper reports Sanden told police he was having sex with the 48-year-old woman whom he had known for a few months when he realized she wasn't breathing.  He told police he administered CPR and called an ambulance.

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Poor guy...given how long it took him to notice anything unusual, we can only presume that his partner just laying there is the norm...

On the plus side, at least there's no pillow talk afterwards.

Posted by: Res ipsa | Jan 12, 2011 3:55:07 PM

Pillow talk? What is that?

Posted by: Andy | Jan 12, 2011 4:48:35 PM

If convicted, will he be registered as a sex offender?

He should not accept any plea bargain. The case is farcical.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jan 13, 2011 8:34:52 AM

SC raises a good point--the prosecutors should make part of his plea bargain that he will not be able to live within 500 feet of a funeral home, cemetery, or any other place where dead bodies gather.

Posted by: Res ipsa | Jan 13, 2011 10:34:53 AM

Perhaps a mitigating factor? Was the body that of an English woman?

Posted by: Tim Rudisill | Jan 13, 2011 10:57:14 AM

Tim: That was the Laugh of the Day.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jan 14, 2011 10:21:37 AM

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