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Welch’s wife expresses disappointment with husband’s claims over battery, affair allegations

July 27, 1997

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Alma Welch, wife of Olympics organizer Thomas K. Welch, said Saturday she was ``disappointed″ with her husband’s public statements about a domestic violence charge.

After returning from an African safari with his son Friday night, Welch met with reporters to deny he had ever roughed up Alma Welch and to insist that a relationship with another woman was platonic.

``Those who know me know that never once in 25 years of marriage did I touch her,″ Welch said.

He denied having sex with another woman, saying ``the relationship was not physical in nature.″ He did not identify the woman or answer reporters’ questions.

KUTV reported Saturday night that in a brief interview Alma Welch said that, ``Tom’s statement was disappointing to me.″

She did not say why, explaining that, ``I want to give Tom every opportunity to get it right.″

Welch, 52, president and chief executive officer of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, was charged Monday with class B misdemeanor battery for allegedly scuffling with and bruising his wife, 47, during a July 9 altercation at their home.

A police report stated the argument erupted after Welch admitted to an affair, and tried to prevent Alma Welch from getting to gifts and other items related to the other woman he had stored in the trunk of his car.

Alma Welch told investigators her husband threw her against a wall, put her in a headlock and wrestled her to the floor. Police later photographed bruises and small cuts on her body.

Conviction on the charge is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine. City prosecutors said Welch would be served a summons after he returned.

Welch meets on Wednesday with SLOC members regarding his future.

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