A country song from a generation ago warned of the perils of "Trying to Love Two Women." But the Oak Ridge Boys never sang about the implications of trying to marry two women.
An Indianapolis man may soon find out.
An arrest warrant was issued in Putnam Circuit Court earlier this week for 36-year-old Travis Camden on charges of bigamy and false information in marriage license application, both Class D felonies.
Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter said the bigamy charge is one he has not previously tried.
The discrepancy came to light when Tamara Camden of Indianapolis, who married Travis on June 9, 2007, began receiving texts from someone claiming to be Travis.
The person turned out to be Amanda Camden of Greencastle. In the course of their conversation, both women said they were married to Travis.
Travis apparently told Amanda that he wanted to adopt his brother's child. The child was, in fact, the offspring of his marriage to Tamara.
Following the conversation, Tamara drove to Putnam County and viewed a copy of the marriage license for Travis and Amanda Camden. The document was dated June 26, 2011.
Nowhere did the marriage license mention he had been married to Tamara. Travis signed the application, stating that all information was true and correct under the penalties of perjury.
Tamara then contacted the Greencastle Police Department, supplying Det. Randy Seipel with documents showing that Travis was married to both women.
When Seipel was able to contact Travis, he said that he married Amanda Camden in Morgan County in 2011. Travis said he had previously been married to Tamara Camden, but the two divorced in 2010.
According to Tamara, the two have been estranged since a violent domestic incident in July 2010 that led to a restraining order against Travis.
Travis said his divorce was handled by an attorney named John (no last name given) in Indianapolis. Travis told Seipel he would give him further information about the attorney at a later date.
Seipel received an email on Jan. 23 from a person portraying himself as John Neice, a paralegal who had relocated from Indianapolis to Louisville. According to Seipel, "it is obvious the person who sent the email has no legal background."
The detective has also been unable to find any record of a paralegal named John Neice in Indiana or Kentucky.
The case now awaits further action once the warrant for Travis Camden has been served.