Cameron Wright.
Photo: Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Shelby County Sheriff's Office

Man admits to having sex with corpse at Tennessee hospital, police say

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Police were called to St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. When officers arrived, security told them they witnessed Cameron Wright, who is also a security guard, having sex with the corpse of a woman.

The witnesses said the incident happened in the body storage room, according to court records.

Wright is charged with one count of abuse of corpse, according to court documents.

The father of the victim, James Parham, said he is still trying to accept what happened to his daughter’s body. 

“What we need is some answers. We need some concrete answers, and somebody held accountable,” Parham said. “That is what we need right now. It’s hard enough.”

The hospital held Parham’s body in a body storage area, where they were preparing to remove organs. 

At least two witnesses, including other security guards, witnessed Wright sexually assaulting the woman’s corpse Wednesday night. 

Wright was taken to the Felony Response Office, where he admitted to the incident in a typed statement, police said. 

The victim’s brother said the woman taught kindergarten at Hickory Ridge Elementary School. 

Attorney Murray Wells said Parham’s family has every right to hold the hospital and security company responsible for the incident. 

"The liability of the Security Company and hospital saying we did a background check doesn't (absolve) them from allowing this situation,” Wells said.

The hospital said their security services are contracted through U.S. Security Associates Incorporated. 

The hospital issued a statement regarding the incident: 

“Treating those we serve with dignity and respect is our top priority. The behavior of this individual does not represent what our hospital stands for, and these actions are completely unacceptable. We are saddened by this incident, and we are empathetic and sympathetic to the family of the patient. We contract with U.S. Security Associates for our hospital’s security services, and all officers are required to undergo thorough background checks. The security guard involved in this situation has been terminated.”

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