California Prosecutor Named As “Person of Interest” In Torching Of Lover’s Home

garibaycarladams661A California Sutter County District Attorney Carl Adams has been named a “person of interest” in the suspected arson of the Yuba City home of Sarah Garibay, 32. Garibay was the mistress of Adams, who is married and the father of three. While Adams could well be entirely innocent, but his conduct in the matter at a minimum raises questions of his fitness to continue in office.

Garibay’s house went up in flames on July 21 and Adams was seen shortly after the fire at the scene. Investigators said that he showed unusual interest in the case. Adams reportedly lied when first asked if he had a relationship with Garibay. Investigators then showed him telephone records and a statement from Garibay. That alone raises serious issues for a prosecutor if true.

Adams not only contacted investigators about “pour patterns” he spotted at the scene but reportedly sought financial assistance for Garibay.

The relationship raised eyebrows because, in 2010, Garibay was charged as an accessory in the death of her then-boyfriend, Dr. Hyo Deoung Shin. Shin was killed after another man she was having an affair with, Jeffrey Wayne Clay, caught them in bed. It appears that Garibay was facing multiple affairs with other men in addition to Adams and police sources say that Adams learned of those other men recently and was reportedly jealous.

Garibay insists that Adams did not pay her for sex and that their relationship developed after her criminal case was complete. However, it is not clear if appeals are still going on in the case, which would seem likely. In any event, the relationship (and failure to reveal it immediately to investigators) raise serious questions about Adams and his judgment in continuing as county district attorney.  His relationship presented an obvious conflict of interest and he should have immediately revealed that conflict when this matter became a criminal investigation. It certainly should have been revealed when he was passing along thoughts on the arson investigation.

Her counsel has said that Garibay is confident that Adams played no role in the arson and feels badly about his being named in the investigation.

Adams has refused to discuss the affair, saying “The personal part of this is just that — personal, and will be resolved with my wife, my pastor and God.” They may have to wait for resolution with the police.

Assuming Adams is cleared of arson, do you believe that he should be able to continue in his position as prosecutor in light of his poor decisions in this matter?

25 thoughts on “California Prosecutor Named As “Person of Interest” In Torching Of Lover’s Home”

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  3. “women like this”….. who I guess are guilty of bringing down good men like Adams.

    Simple solution, Darren. Just put ’em in a burqua.

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  6. I thought this was one of the plot lines on “As the World Turns” back in the 80s. :o) …..DA. Adams is probably pleading amnesia to his wife right now.

  7. roflmao @ nick S ty for the laugh i needed it. the chemo was making me nauseous. laughing at ur post took my mind off of it..

    the judge needs to step down. considering he knew what happened to her last lover and the men involved with it. there is no way in hexx he should have gotten into a relationship with her. and she doesnt appear to have changed her swhoring ways and isnt likely to as long as she can find men willing to put up with it

  8. Like most rural counties in CA this one is very conservative. It will be interesting to see how their “Tea Party Patriots” respond to this case.

  9. “There have been many a career ruined by such femme fatales …” (Darren)

    Yet another poor man brought down by a bad woman:

  10. She faced no criminal charges in the beating death of the Dr who was beat to death by one of her lovers. And she left the scene stating she went to pick her daughter up from school, leaving the men in her bedroom. She did not return until after dark when she drove by her apt and saw police lights. She said she thought the Dr called the police, when in fact the man jumped from the 2nd story to try and save himself from a bat the other guy grabbed. Prosecution stated their was no way to prove any thing because the Dr was dead and the two living and telling the story were not being forthright . She faced no charges ~ 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.

    Read more:

    Carl Adams showed up at the house while the Fire Dept was conducting the investigation and pointed at a spatter pattern on the wall. The Fire Dept found it odd that he was on scene and getting involved at that level. He also placed a call on her behalf to the Victims unit to provide her with financial assistance.

    As far as I am concerned he needs to step down. Every case he has touched now needs to be looked at. If he has had influence in her past cases, then who is to say this is his first?

  11. “However, it is not clear if appeals are still going on in the case, which would seem likely.”

    It doesn’t at all seem likely that appeals are ongoing from a 2010 criminal case. Criminal cases tend to go to trial much faster than civil cases (thank you US Constitution). It’s very rare for the state to appeal a not guilty verdict. She’s also not in prison, so it’s unlikely she was convicted and is appealing her sentence. It’d be interesting to know the disposition of her criminal case, but if I were betting, I’d guess the case was dropped, she pled guilty to something and received probation, or she was found not guilty–all of which would mean the criminal case is not ongoing.

  12. Why some men are attracted to a woman such as this is beyond me. There have been many a career ruined by such femme fatales, for some reason those in the criminal justice system seem to me to be more likely to be brought down by these gals. I have seen many cases where affairs gone awry led to guys in the system, and a couple women, getting into serious trouble, lose their jobs, or arrested due to relationship issues. Something about this profession that leads to these things.

  13. Proving arson criminally is a mofo. Based on what has been presented, I’m not willing to say he’s innocent, but I doubt he would be proven guilty. Unfortunately, prosecutors depend too much on insurance company investigators in arson cases, unless there’s a death involved. As to whether this guy should be a prosecutor. NO.

  14. He is dirty, but he is still innocent until more evidence is produced. If the affair started prior to the completion of the case, then he should be looking for new employment.

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