|H.H. Birkenkamp Funeral Home is where corpse was sexually abused|
|H.H. Birkenkamp is owned by Houston-based Service Corporation International|
|Lawrence J. Clement: Police charged for sexually abusing dead woman|
A deeply disturbing story is coming from Toledo, Ohio and involves the world’s largest funeral corporation. Authorities have arrested Lawrence J. Clement for sexually abusing a corpse. Clement, 57, has been working for H.H. Birkenkamp Funeral Home in Toledo, a funeral home owned by Service Corporation International.
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. Another employee allegedly witnessed the sexual assault. The funeral home offered to waive the $11,000 funeral bill if they agreed not to call police. The family rejected the offer, contacted police and transferred the victim’s body to another funeral home.
Details on the abuse were not released, but the employee has been fired, said Lisa Marshall, a spokeswoman for Houston-based Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI).
Clement was booked into the Lucas County Jail and charged with abuse of a corpse.