Court doc: Kaine accuses Terri of sexual affair

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Terri Horman. File photo.

PORTLAND, Ore. - In a newly released court document, Kaine Horman is asking that his estranged wife, Terri Horman, be held in contempt, saying she violated a restraining order against her by carrying on a sexual relationship with one of his childhood friends, sharing sealed legal information and trying to kidnap their daughter.

The news comes hours after Terri Horman's lawyer released a letter stating that his client, the stepmother of missing 7-year-old Kyron Horman, would move out of the family home and would not contest the restraining order.

According to the court documents, the alleged affair with Michael Cook began after Kyron disappeared and that Terri Horman did not meet him until then.

A sexual relationship between the two began about four days after Kaine Horman moved out of the family’s home, according to the documents, and  the “…sexual overtures to Mr. Cook resemble those made to the man (Terri Horman) previously attempted to hire to murder (Kaine Horman).”

In the documents, Kaine Horman also accuses Terri Horman of not only having a sexual relationship with Cook, but also of sexting, which included sending images "of Respondent (meaning Terri) in various stages of undress and graphic sexual activity." Kaine also accuses her of sharing sealed legal information from the restraining order with Cook and going to the gym “looking to ‘abduct’” the couple’s young daughter from the gym's daycare.

The alleged abduction attempt occurred on June 28, which was two days after Kaine moved out the family’s home, taking his daughter with him. The court document indicates that Terri had not yet been served with the divorce papers and restraining order which she received at about 6 p.m. that day.

Cook helped organize the first vigil for Kyron and he has been seen coming and going from the Horman home.

Reached by phone Monday afternoon, Cook said he has not seen the documents but based on what he’s been told, a lot of it is not true. He said that since he’s been dragged into the high-profile case, he would not comment about it until he consults an attorney.

Kyron disappeared June 4 after attending a science fair and investigators say Terri was the last known person to have seen him. The search for the Skyline School second-grader is now a criminal investigation but no suspects have been named and no arrests have been made.

Terri has come under severe scrutiny in recent weeks both in the public eye and from Kyron's biological mother, Desiree Young, who has gone on camera pleading with Terri to "do the right thing" and has publicly said that she believes Terri is lying. Kaine said during a recent news conference that Terri had failed two polygraphs.

Investigators have been tight-lipped about the case. Family members say they are confident that law enforcement is doing everything they can to help bring Kyron home.

Late last week, KATU Reporter Dan Tilkin tried to speak to Terri to get her side of the story but she refused to answer any questions (see video below).


In late June, Kaine abruptly moved out of the family home and took the couple's toddler daughter with him. He then filed for divorce from Terri and also was granted a restraining order. In the restraining order, Kaine said he sought such action because he had learned from police that Terri had tried to hire a hit man to kill him and he believed she could be involved in his son's disappearance.

Friend of Terri's describes her as a good mother

Meanwhile, Kim Holm, who is good friends with Terri said Monday, “I really think they were a good family before this.”

She said they volunteered together at Skyline School where her son, Curtis, is good friends with Kyron, and when Terri asked Curtis to go bowling with the family just days before Kyron disappeared, a normally protective Holm let her son go.

“I don’t let my kids go with anybody, and I let him go bowling with them the Sunday before he disappeared, because I just trusted them,” she said. “I didn’t think anything bad about them.”

She described Terri as a good mother who snapped a photo of the boys at their science project the morning Kyron vanished.

“I asked Curtis about Kyron’s last day at school and he told me he was happy, he was interacting with her, and they were really excited about the science fair project,” Holm said.

Over the weekend, Kyron’s parents, Kaine Horman and Desiree Young, who have publicly separated themselves from Terri in recent news conferences, wrote in an e-mail, “Our focus continues to be fully on the investigation and finding Kyron. All indications are that law enforcement obligations will be heavy in the coming week.”

They did not, however, explain what they meant by that.

Terri Horman has not been named a suspect or person of interest in the case by investigators. And there have been no arrests in the case.

KATU News reporters Dan Tilkin, Anita Kissée, and Meghan Kalkstein contributed to this report.