Ill. Cop Under Fire Proclaims Innocence

Peterson, who claims that he cooperated with the police in their initial interview about Stacy's disappearance but stopped talking to investigators at the advice of attorneys, said the media spotlight -- not the investigative spotlight -- has agitated him and made life a challenge for his family, which includes two teens from a previous marriage and two young children from his marriage with Stacy.

The media attention, he said, is one of the reasons he has not participated in the ground search for Stacy. "Number two," he said, "why would I search for someone I don't believe is missing?"

Peterson said he feared the legal costs that may be associated with defending himself in these cases. When asked if he was worried that any potential legal proceedings might take him away from his children, Peterson said he did not fear being found guilty and having to face life in prison or potentially the death penalty because his children would be provided for and cared for by his family members.

As for Stacy, he had a simple message. "Come home," he said. "Tell people where you are."

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