An attempted grave robbery and necrophilia case in Grant County could lead to a new state law. Three men face charges in Grant County for trying to steal the body of a 20-year-old woman from a Cassville cemetery. One of them allegedly planned to have sex with the woman's corpse, although State Senator Dale Schultz says the man can't currently be charged with necrophilia since Wisconsin does not have a law on the books against that specific offense. The men have been charged with attempted third degree sexual assault and attempted misdemeanor theft.
Schultz (R-Richland Center) plans to develop legislation allowing such charges to be filed in the future. While the crime doesn't occur often, Schultz believes it does happen more frequently than people realize. The Richland Center Republican has not spoken directly with the family about the planned assault on their daughter's body, but Schultz says the Grant County Sheriff has echoed their support for such legislation. Schultz hopes to have a bill ready to go in the next legislative session.