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AG seeks public’s help following indictment of former funeral home co-owner

Richard L. Slack is accused of hiding cameras in a bathroom and photographing and videotaping partially nude women and girls without their knowledge.
Former funeral home co-owner Richard Slack was charged Wednesday.
Published: Feb. 24, 2022 at 2:30 PM EST
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IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) - Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson are enlisting the public’s help after the indictment of a former co-owner of a funeral home in Lawrence County.

Richard L. Slack, 68, of Chesapeake, Ohio, 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.

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.

Richard Slack, 68, of Chesapeake, was indicted Feb. 23 on 11 counts of illegal use of a minor or impaired person in nudity-oriented material or performance, a second-degree felony, and 10 counts of voyeurism, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Slack previously operated a funeral home in South Point and is alleged to have invaded the privacy of others by videotaping and filming for sexual gratification.

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.

Anyone with information regarding the ongoing investigation is encouraged to contact the Bureau of Criminal Investigation by calling BCI’s tip line at 1-855-BCI-OHIO (855-224-6446) or by filing a tip anonymously online.

The case is being investigated by BCI’s Special Victims Unit. The Special Victims Unit specializes in investigating victim-centered crimes affecting populations that benefit from specialized law enforcement handling. Examples include children, the elderly and human trafficking victims, and the crimes can include abduction, sexual assault, financial abuse and/or physical abuse.

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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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