Cincinnati, Ohio. February 24, 2015. The families of Karen Range, Charlene Appling and Angel Hicks have settled their claims against County officials in the lawsuit alleging negligent supervision of Kenneth Douglas who served as a morgue attendant from 1976 until 1992. During that time he sexually abused bodies in the morgue, including the loved ones of these three families. The families cooperated in the prosecution of Kenneth Douglas who was convicted of felonies and has served time in prison.
The details of the settlement are not in final form but it will include payment of $800,000.00 to the families. Additional non-economic terms will also be announced when they are determined. Kenneth Douglas is in default and the families will pursue damages from him in the amount of $2,450,000.00.
Al Gerhardstein, one of the counsel for the families stated, “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 non-economic terms will help all of them find some peace. ” Other counsel representing the families are Jennifer Branch, Art Harmon, and Joe Hutson.
Contact: Al Gerhardstein: 513-621-9100, cell 513-659-4765.
Litigation documents can be found here.