JonBenet Ramsey murder suspect was a teacher
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By James Lanaras, Bay City News Service
August 16, 2006
SANTA ROSA (BCN) - A Petaluma school official confirmed
this afternoon that John Mark Karr, the suspect arrested in Thailand
this afternoon for killing JonBenet Ramsey, was once an elementary
school substitute teacher in Petaluma.
The John Mark Karr who taught in the Petaluma school district
and the John Mark Karr arrested for JonBenet's murder have the
same birthday, the school official, Steve Bolman said.
John Mark Karr
Photo courtesy Royal Thailand Police
"I have no doubt it's him,'' Bolman said.
Bolman, the school district's deputy superintendent of business
administration, said Karr taught at K-6 elementary schools between
Dec. 8, 2000 and April 2, 2001 when he was terminated. Bolman
said there is no information in Karr's file explaining why he
The Sonoma County district attorney's office, however, has confirmed
that Karr was charged in April 2001 in Sonoma County Superior
Court with possession of child pornography.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Joan Risse said Karr, 41, was
charged with five misdemeanor counts of possession of child pornography.
He failed to show up for a Sonoma County court appearance in December
2001 and a warrant was issued for his arrest, Risse said. Karr's
trial had been scheduled for Jan. 14, 2002.
The child pornography charges carry a $1,000 fine and/or a year
in the county jail.
Karr is suspected of killing 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, whose
body was found in the basement of her family's Boulder, Colo.
home on Dec. 26, 1996. The child beauty pageant contestant had
been beaten and strangled.
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