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SALT LAKE OLYMPICS CHIEF CHARGED IN ATTACK ON WIFE

Thomas K. Welch, head of the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee and the man who brought the 2002 Winter Games to Utah, has been charged with battery on his wife.

Welch, the SLOC's president and chief executive officer, was accused of scuffling with his wife, Alma, in the garage of their opulent home on July 9 after he admitted to an extramarital affair.

Alma Welch suffered bruises when her husband tried to stop her from getting into his car to look at gifts, pictures and letters involving his lover, according to a police report.

The charge of "domestic violence battery," a class B misdemeanor, is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

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