Details of John Mark Karr divorce proceedings
Wife unaware of husband's bent toward child pornography
John Mark Karr
Photo courtesy Royal Thailand Police
By James Lanaras, Bay City News Service
August 18, 2006
SANTA ROSA (BCN) - The former wife of John Mark Karr,
the man suspected of killing of JonBenet Ramsey, said in her Sonoma
County divorce papers she was unaware of Karr's Internet activities
"as they related to pornography and certainly not his propensity
to 'kiddy porn.'"
Lara Karr asked the Sonoma County Superior Court to protect her
and her children in an Oct. 18, 2001 request for sole custody
of the couple's three children. She also asked that Karr have
no visitation with them.
John Karr faced five misdemeanor charges of possessing child
pornography on his computer. He was released from the Sonoma County
Jail under supervision on Oct. 5, 2001. He failed to appear in
court on Dec. 13, 2001 and an arrest warrant was issued.
The warrant is still outstanding.
Karr was arrested in Thailand on Wednesday on suspicion of murdering
the 6-year-old beauty pageant contestant in her family's Boulder,
Colo. home on Dec. 26, 1996.
He was a substitute teacher in Napa, the Petaluma area and in
San Francisco between the fall of 2000 and April 2001. His teaching
credentials were revoked in April 2003.
In her statement to the divorce court, Lara Karr said there was
no physical violence between her and her husband, but Karr was
"very controlling.'' She said he insisted she cut off ties
with her family and friends, which she later resumed.
Lara Karr said she was a 16-year-old bride who "didn't know
any better than to give in to his demands.'' She said Karr "purposely
set about to get me pregnant so we could marry without parental
consent, as is the Georgia law.''
Karr wrote, "I am now informed differently and realize that
this too, is a form of domestic violence and request that respondent
be restrained from contacting me, or the children and from annoying,
telephoning, e-mailing, or otherwise bothering us.''
Lara Karr said she was told by one school in 1997 or 1998 that
Karr would not be asked to continue to serve as a substitute teacher
"because he had a tendency to be too affectionate with the
"I thought nothing of that statement until I was apprised
of the current criminal proceedings,'' Lara Karr wrote regarding
the child pornography charges against her husband.
Lara Karr said she had just learned her husband was being investigated
for possession of child pornography on the Internet when she filed
"I had no idea of the severity of the allegations until
his arrest on April 13, 2001, Lara Karr wrote.
Lara Karr represented herself during her divorce proceedings.
The Karrs were divorced on July 10, 2001.
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