Final Charge Dropped

Final charge dropped against man who photographed bodies

The last remaining charge has been dismissed against a photographer convicted of taking photos of bodies at a morgue.

Prosecutors yesterday dropped the gross abuse of a corpse charge against Thomas Condon of Cincinnati. Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen said he didn't want to put the families whose relatives' bodies were photographed through another trial. Condon was convicted in 2001 of eight counts of gross abuse of a corpse and sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison. He was accused of taking pictures of bodies with various objects at the county morgue between August 2000 and January 2001. Condon said he was taking the pictures for an art project illustrating the cycle of life from birth through death. Condon's sentence was reduced to 18 months.

A state appeals court in April 2004 ordered a new trial on one of the counts and ordered Condon released while he appealed his conviction. He says he should not have been prosecuted at all and will continue appealing the other charges.