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Bill criminalizing corpse abuse moves forward in Illinois

Bill criminalizing corpse abuse moves forward in Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. • A bill proposing to criminalize necrophilia and corpse abuse is making its way through the Illinois legislature.

The measure, which proposes to charge a Class 2 felony to anyone who engages in sexual conduct with a corpse, passed unanimously through the Senate Criminal Law committee today.

The bill would also make it illegal for anyone to move a corpse without permission from authorities.

State Rep. Daniel Beiser, R-Alton, sponsored the bill after the state’s attorney and a Madison County coroner came to him with complaints of people tampering and moving bodies of people who had overdosed on drugs.

“People were actually physically moving bodies to avoid prosecution, and contaminating the scene,” Beiser said.

Beiser included the criminalization of sexual conduct with corpses in the measure after hearing of an incident that occurred Madison County in the late 1990s.

Since there is currently no law on the books in Illinois specifically criminalizing sexual conduct with a corpse, the crime falls under criminal damage to property.

“The death of a loved one is bad enough, but it should be much more than criminal damaged property, Beiser said. “This is a completely inappropriate charge.”

The bill criminalizing necrophilia and corpse abuse was sent to the Senate after passing the House unanimously. It passed the Senate committee on Criminal Law unanimously today, and will be discussed on the Senate floor later this week.

The bill is HB5122.

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