2006 Ohio Revised Code - 2927.01. Abuse of a corpse.

§ 2927.01. Abuse of a corpse.
 

(A)  No person, except as authorized by law, shall treat a human corpse in a way that the person knows would outrage reasonable family sensibilities. 

(B)  No person, except as authorized by law, shall treat a human corpse in a way that would outrage reasonable community sensibilities. 

(C)  Whoever violates division (A) of this section is guilty of abuse of a corpse, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Whoever violates division (B) of this section is guilty of gross abuse of a corpse, a felony of the fifth degree. 
 

HISTORY: 134 v H 511 (Eff 1-1-74); 137 v H 741 (Eff 10-9-78); 146 v S 2. Eff 7-1-96.
 

The effective date is set by section 6 of SB 2. 

 

19xx Committee Report or Comment.

1974 Committee Comment to H 511

This section prohibits treating a human corpse in a way the offender knows would produce righteous and reasonable outrage among members of the family. It covers conduct formerly prohibited by specific prohibitions against grave robbing and unlawful dissection of a corpse. It also includes other kinds of conduct, such as copulating with or otherwise mistreating a corpse. The section does not include conduct authorized by law, such as a mandatory autopsy or the exhumation of a dead body on court order. 

Abuse of a corpse is a misdemeanor of the second degree. 

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