Tennessee hospital security guard charged with having sex with corpse

Posted at 5:53 AM, Aug 24, 2018
Cameron Wright
Cameron Wright courtesy Shelby County Sheriff’s Office

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say a security guard at a Tennessee hospital had sex with a dead woman’s body.

News outlets reported Thursday that 23-year-old Cameron Wright is charged with abuse of a corpse. An affidavit says at least two people saw Wright having sex with a woman’s corpse in a body storage room at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis says in a statement that Wright has since been fired. Police say Wright has admitted to the crime.

The hospital says Wright had undergone a background check and was contracted through U.S. Security Associates.

It’s unclear if Wright has a lawyer. He’s set to appear in court by video on Friday.

WMC Action5 News spoke with the family of the woman whose body was sexually abused by Wright. Her father, James Parham, says that he doesn’t understand how anything like this could have happened.

Parham told the station that his daughter, 37-year-old April Parham,  a kindergarten teacher, had gone to the hospital for treatment for mental health issues. It was there at the hospital where she had a heart attack and died.

Parham told WMC that his daughter was an organ donor and her body was in a holding room when the incident involving Wright occurred.

Parham says he and his family are demanding answers from the hospital.

“After you pass, we think, finally she’s not suffering. She’s not hurting no more,” Parham said. “To find out this, it’s devastating.”

Read more from WMC here and watch the interview below:

(Video courtesy WMC / CNN)