Offenses Against Public Order

ORS 166.085
Abuse of corpse in the second degree


A person commits the crime of abuse of corpse in the second degree if, except as otherwise authorized by law, the person intentionally:


Abuses a corpse; or


Disinters, removes or carries away a corpse.


Abuse of corpse in the second degree is a Class C felony.


As used in this section and ORS 166.087 (Abuse of corpse in the first degree), “abuse of corpse” includes treatment of a corpse by any person in a manner not recognized by generally accepted standards of the community or treatment by a professional person in a manner not generally accepted as suitable practice by other members of the profession, as may be defined by rules applicable to the profession. [1971 c.743 §225; 1985 c.207 §2; 1993 c.294 §1]

Notes of Decisions

Burial of corpse terminates abuse, notwithstanding that corpse was improperly buried. State v. Harelson, 147 Or App 556, 938 P2d 763 (1997), Sup Ct review denied

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Law Review Citations

51 OLR 427-637 (1972); 69 OLR 169 (1990)


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