Sunday, August 9, 2015

Ohio Man Bought Human Remains, Agrees to 100 Hours Community Service

Mark M. Beatty, 56, of Ohio, pleaded guilty August 5 to purchasing Native American human remains, and violating the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, reports a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Ohio.

It was the first time NAGPRA has been criminally enforced in the district. Jackson County Sheriff Tedd Frazier told The Columbus Dispatch that a neighbor saw men digging in a rock shelter on a farm on Sour Run Road in November 2012. Beatty purchased the remains of two adults and six juveniles from the men.

“He was purchasing from grave robbers,” Frazier told the Dispatch.

Beatty didn’t just purchase remains, but hundreds of artifacts as well, which he turned over to the authorities.


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