Memphis hospital guard caught having sexual intercourse with teacher's corpse avoids jail time

Cameron Wright, 23, was caught having intercourse with the body of April Parham, 37, who had died suddenly of a heart attack


                            Memphis hospital guard caught having sexual intercourse with teacher's corpse avoids jail time

A former security guard at the St. Francis Hospital in Memphis who was caught having sex with a corpse has been spared jail and may even have his record expunged should he stay out of trouble with the law until 2022.

Cameron Wright, 23, was caught having intercourse with the body of April Parham, 37, who had died suddenly of a heart attack.

As Wright was a first-time offender, a judge granted a diversion in the case, meaning that he has not been formally convicted yet.

Parham's body was being stored to be prepared for organ donation when two men walked in on Wright abusing Parham's body and called the police.

Parham, who was a kindergarten teacher, was at the hospital to seek treatment when she passed away suddenly from a heart attack at the hospital. Parham's family were outraged that Wright had been given a $3,000 bond.

Wright was charged with abuse of a corpse, a low-level class E felony in Tennessee.

In the U.S., there is no federal law against having intercourse with a corpse and it is not considered rape since the person is not living. However, in the majority of U.S. states, it is a crime to have sex with a corpse.

Parham's family had pleaded for justice when Wright's actions became public, but have not yet reacted to the judge's decision this week. Wright had checked into a mental facility, Lakeside Behavioral Health, in August last year after being charged.

Parham's father had previously said that it pained him to discover she was abused after her death. He said, "after you pass, we think finally she's not suffering, she's not hurting no more and to find out this, it's devastating, it hurts."

The family had stated they suspected Wright may have abused other corpses and that they had "questions". Wright was fired by the security company he worked for after being released on bond last year, and had his license suspended.

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