WASHINGTON, IND. WTHI - More charges filed in a strange southern Indiana case involving an Ohio man accused of having sex with a dead woman.
Richard Sanden, 55, of Geneva, Ohio was formally charged in connection with the bizarre case involving a 48-year-old woman in Washington, Ind.
Sanden's initial hearing was held in Daviess County Superior Court.
Richard Sanden claims he and a 48-year-old Washington woman spent the day having sex, drinking and doing drugs before she died.
Authorities believe things happened much differently.
Now, Sanden faces eight charges including rape, criminal deviate conduct and abuse of a corpse for having sex with the woman after her death.
"Through the investigation, with the officers working the case, they've come up with some more information and in cooperation with the prosecutor he's decided there are other charges to be filed," said Washington Police Chief Tim Guy.
While authorities still aren't willing to share very much information on this case, the court documents are providing some disturbing details.
The probable cause affidavit claims that Sanden video taped his actions with the woman and that even though she appeared to be dead and unresponsive he continued to abuse her.
Sanden told investigators he did not realize the woman had died and when he did he called for help.
Police say that even though Sanden has appeared in court their investigation is still on-going.
"At the present time they're following up and trying to make sure everything is complete and they've gone through everything thoroughly," said Guy.
In the meantime, Sanden is in the Daviess County Jail and set for trial on May 17th.
Sanden says he is a retired ironworker.
He's being held on $500,000 bond.
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