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Sutter County DA Investigated For Arson After Mistress' Home Burns

YUBA CITY (CBS13) - Sutter County's district attorney is being investigated for arson after the home of his alleged mistress burned down.

Investigators say racy text messages he sent could point to a possible motive.

Neighbors are learning arson is what burned down a Southpointe Drive home last month. Now, in a strange twist of events, the Yuba City Police Department confirms Sutter County District Attorney Carl Adams has been questioned about the crime.

"If he tampers with the investigation, that's a different issue itself," said one neighbor.

The home was rented by Sarah Garibay. In court documents obtained by CBS13, Garibay admits she was having an affair with not only Adams but two other men -- none of whom knew about each other. When police say Adams found out, he was not happy.

The detective said in his report, "Garibay said she has been having an affair with Adams... Adams has told her how he is jealous. She showed us text messages where he stated he was jealous."

The report also states Adams showed up at the crime scene just hours after the fire.

"I never met him before until the morning of the fire," said Debbie Myers.

Myers lives next door to the fire, and spoke with Adams that day.

"I didn't know it was him. I didn't know who he was. He just said he was a friend of the family and he'd helped them out with a lot of stuff," she said.

Police not only questioned Adams about the fire but also his relationship with Garibay.

"When confronted with Garibay's statement and phone records, Adams admitted he was having an affair with Garibay," the report also read.

CBS13 spoke with Adams by phone Monday, and he issued the following statement:

"I had nothing to do with the arson. I am now allowing the Yuba City Police Department's investigation to run its course."

Adams and the other two men have not been charged with any crime.

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