Police: Homeless man breaks into funeral home, has sex with corpse

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Police arrested a 26-year-old homeless man for allegedly breaking into a funeral home and having sex with a dead woman, it was reported Friday.

The Ledger-Enquirer (http://bit.ly/1A4EWKv) said Domonique Smith was arrested Monday (Feb. 9) and accused of stealing a bicycle from the Hill Watson Peoples Funeral Service. During the investigation of the burglary, police say they found evidence that Smith had sex with a dead woman.

If convicted, the necrophilia charge carries a prison sentence of one to 10 years.

“The investigation led us to believe he had a sexual act with the woman’s body,” Columbus police Capt. Gordon Griswould told the newspaper.

Griswould didn’t comment on the type of sexual act Smith allegedly performed on the body. The victim wasn’t identified, but her family has been informed of the charges and the ongoing investigation, Griswould said.

The crime is thought to have happened between 7 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 8) and 7 a.m. on Monday (Feb. 9).

Griswould said he couldn’t remember the last time there was a necrophilia charge in the area.

“This is extremely rare,” Griswould said.