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Hamilton County settles morgue sex abuse case

Sarah Ramsey

Hamilton County will pay $800,000 in the case of a former morgue attendant, Kenneth Douglas, who was convicted of sexually abusing bodies. Additional non-economic terms will also be announced when they are determined.

Three families sued the county. The maximum they could have been awarded is $3.2 million.

Attorneys for the families say they will pursue a judgment for damages from Douglas in the amount of $2,450,000.00. However, Douglas is in default so it's unclear how much they could ever end up collecting.

According to plaintiff lawyer Al Gerhardstein, “The sexual abuse of the bodies of these young women in the Morgue was shocking and horrible. The families have fought for justice since they first discovered the abuse six years ago. They were ready for trial but are satisfied that the settlement, including the noneconomic terms will help all of them find some peace.”

Douglas worked at the morgue between 1976 and 1992. He has served time in prison and is now out.