- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 29, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) Scott Peterson acknowledged having an affair before his pregnant wife vanished last year, and said he told her about it. He denied killing his wife.
The affair "was not a positive, obviously … but it was not something that we weren't dealing with," Mr. Peterson told ABC News' "Good Morning America" in an interview broadcast yesterday.
"It wasn't anything that would break us apart."
Laci Rocha Peterson, 27, disappeared on Christmas Eve from her home in Modesto, Calif.
Mr. Peterson, 30, told police he was fishing at the Berkeley Marina at the time, and that his wife, due to deliver a boy Feb. 10, had planned to take her dog for a walk that morning.
Asked on ABC if he had murdered her, he said, "I had absolutely nothing to do with her disappearance." He said the theory that she has been killed "is not one we're ready to accept."
Police have not named Mr. Peterson as a suspect, but attention has focused on him, in part because of the affair. Mr. Peterson previously denied having had an affair.
On Friday, Amber Frey came forward and told reporters she had a "romantic relationship" with Mr. Peterson, whom she met in November.
"I'm very sorry for Laci's family and the pain that this has caused them, and I pray for her safe return as well," a tearful Miss Frey said.
She said Mr. Peterson told her he was single, and that she contacted police when she realized he was the husband of the missing woman.
Said Mr. Peterson: "It was inappropriate, and I owe a tremendous apology to everyone, obviously including Amber."
His wife's family publicly broke with Mr. Peterson on Friday. Brent Rocha, brother of the missing woman, said his brother-in-law "has not been forthcoming with information regarding my sister's disappearance and I am only left to question what else he may be hiding. … We have so many questions that he has not answered."
A call to Mr. Rocha's Sacramento-area home yesterday seeking comment on the interview was not answered. There also was no answer at the home of his and Mrs. Peterson's mother, Sharon Rocha.
Mr. Peterson said he told police about the affair immediately after his wife disappeared. "Good Morning America" said police had no comment on that statement.
Mr. Peterson said he had told his wife about the affair in early December.
Asked if viewers should believe that she took the news of the affair unhappily but not with a lot of anger he said, "No one knows our relationship but us."

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