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Calif. DA scrutinized in fire, affair with escort

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 30, 2013 at 3:07 am •  Published: August 30, 2013

Police found Adams' behavior unusual, "as he has never involved himself in an investigation in this manner," the affidavit said.

Adams, the former president of the California District Attorneys Association, also appeared to try to steer investigators to at least one of two other men with whom Garibay was involved: her boyfriend of 12 years and the father of her 14-month-old daughter, who was angry Garibay followed through with the pregnancy and had given her at least $40,000 not to reveal that the child was his; and another man who allegedly abused her the night before the fire, prompting her to call 911.

In text messages he sent to Garibay after the fire, Adams told her to make sure she told police about the latter lover "and their history of domestic violence," the affidavit said.

The district attorney's office has recused itself and turned over the investigation to the state attorney general's office, which declined to comment. Adams did not return a telephone message from The Associated Press, and the Sutter County district attorney's office had no official comment. Yuba City police also did not return calls seeking an update on the status of the investigation.

In an interview with the Appeal-Democrat last week, Adams denied lying to police and any involvement in the house fire.

"As far as my position in office, I never did anything illegal, unprofessional or unethical," Adams said. The newspaper said he declined to answer questions about his relationship with Garibay, acknowledging only that the two had a "friendship."

Adams told police he was home with his family on the night of the fire, the affidavit said.

Garibay's attorney, Roberto Marquez, also did not return a call from the AP seeking comment Thursday.

"Just because someone has a promiscuous kind of life doesn't make them any less of a victim," Garibay told the newspaper.