Former funeral home co-owner accused of photographing/videotaping women and girls

Former funeral home co-owner Richard Slack was charged Wednesday.
Published: Feb. 23, 2022 at 6:27 PM EST
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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) – A former co-owner of a funeral home in Lawrence County is accused of hiding cameras in a bathroom and photographing and videotaping partially nude women and girls without their knowledge, according to the county Prosecutor’s Office.

Richard L. Slack, 68, of Chesapeake, Ohio, is named in a 21-count indictment.

The indictment alleges that women and girls of various ages were “videotaped, filmed, photographed or otherwise recorded.” Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson confirms the activity allegedly happened in 2019 at a funeral home in Lawrence County.

Anderson said Slack was charged Wednesday. His arraignment is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. next Wednesday, March 2.

Anderson says Wednesday’s indictments come following a lengthy investigation between Ohio BCI, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the FBI, and the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office.

According to the prosecutor, 10 of the 21 charges are second-degree felonies, and Slack could end up facing eight to 12 years on prison for each count if found guilty.

“The allegations are very serious,” Anderson said. “We’re taking the case very seriously.”

He says at this point they won’t go into details about how the alleged activity was discovered.

Anderson says Slack was a co-owner of the funeral home at the time but no longer is. He says that funeral home is still open but under a different name.

As a courtesy, WSAZ isn’t naming the funeral home.

Current ownership was unavailable for comment Wednesday evening. Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

The Wallace Family Funeral Home, which currently operates in the former Slack and Wallace Funeral Home location, released the following statement on the indictment Thursday:

“I am aware that there has been a criminal indictment concerning my former business partner, Richard Slack. I can share that after 10 years of working together, Mr. Slack and I parted ways last year. I have since begun my own funeral home business, Wallace Family Funeral Home, which I operate with my family at the former location of Slack and Wallace Funeral Home. Because the subject of Mr. Slack’s indictment is a criminal matter, I am unfortunately not at liberty to speak about any of the details. However, I would personally like to express my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the individuals and their families who have been identified as victims in this case, which includes myself and my family. I would also like to encourage anyone who believes they may have been a victim or anyone who has information that might be helpful to law enforcement, please contact the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation tip line at 1-855-224-6446. All of us at Wallace Family Funeral Home sincerely appreciate the community’s support as this very difficult situation gets resolved and justice is served,” said Beth Wallace McNearney, Owner and Funeral Director of Wallace Family Funeral Home.

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