The woman who detectives say had an affair with Sutter County District Attorney Carl Adams denies police accounts of a secret romance that may have lead to a fire that destroyed her home.
A search warrant request made to the court says that 32-year-old Sarah Garibay had three lovers who had reason to burn her house down. One of them, says the document, was the 65-year-old Adams — who became district attorney in 1982. The court papers say Garibay told detectives that he was jealous of her other boyfriends.
According the court document, Adams at first denied an affair, but then admitted to it after confronted with Garibay’s statement and phone records. Two other alleged lovers also had reason to seek revenge on Garibay.
Garibay’s attorney Roberto Marquez said his client was very upset about the allegations.
“She’s shocked and dismayed that Carl Adams was dragged into this. Never did she intimate that she and Mr. Adams an affair. She is very sad that he his reputation is being sullied. The detective’s narrative is misleading,” Marquez told FOX40.
According to the affidavit, Adams showed up at the fire scene — something detectives noted was “beyond the scope of his position,” and something he had never done before.
The document also said he referred to a burn pattern in the bedroom and arson on several occasions, even though the fire has not been officially classified an arson by the fire department or the police department.
“…it is unknown how Adams learned of the cause and the origin,” according to police detective Jason Parker, who submitted the search warrant request.
Garibay was arrested in 2010 for covering up the murder of another lover after a third man she was having an affair with caught the couple in bed. Charges were dropped after she cooperated with police. Adams signed off on the plea deal before the two supposedly began their affair in January or February, according to the search warrant affidavit.
Adams denies that he had anything to do with the fire, as did the other two men according to police. They say cell phone records may shed light on who may have set fire to the house, which started in the master bedroom.
Garibay was arrested on Wednesday for extortion. Because of her relationship with Adams, the case will be handled by the State Attorney General’s office. Police said Adams was not the victim of the alleged extortion.