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Local funeral director charged with possession, abuse of corpse

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. - An East Stroudsburg funeral director was arrested and charged Friday for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility, abuse of corpse, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and disorderly conduct and harassment. 

Monroe County detectives began an investigation into Angeliegha Stewart, the funeral director of Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home, in August. The investigation took place after detectives received several pieces of information from various confidential sources regarding Stewart. 

According to the news release from the Monroe County District Attorney's office, the sources complained that Stewart "flaunted photographs of the deceased to her friends and family" and was selling marijuana. 

Detectives armed themselves with a search warrant Sept. 21 when they went to the Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home to seize Stewart's cell phone and search it for evidence.

They found "alarming photographs" on the device, which matched the description of the photos reported by the complainants, the news release states. They also found consistent communications with the sale and distribution of marijuana.

The investigation led detectives into Stewart's apartment Friday to execute a search warrant, which is located at the funeral home. 

Stewart admitted to taking the photographs on her personal cell phone at Lanterman & Allen, and explained to detectives, "she understood how those photographs would be alarming to individuals, however she took them to share with colleagues." 

According to the news release, Stewart also admitted to showing a specific gruesome photo to her ex-boyfriend to 'gross him out'. 

Stewart was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Daniel Higgins and released on her own recognizance. The investigation into the deceased persons identities in the photographs is ongoing. 

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