Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 21, 2014

Kanawha prosecutor ordered to undergo counseling

CHARLESTON — A judge is ordering Kanawha County prosecutor Mark Plants to undergo counseling before a domestic violence protective order is dismissed against him.

The Charleston Gazette reports  that a family court judge also ruled Friday that Plants can have supervised visits with his two sons.

Plants was charged earlier this week with violating a domestic violence protective order issued in February following child abuse allegations by his ex-wife, Allison Plants.

She alleged that he used excessive discipline on one of their sons. He says the allegation is politically motivated.

Mark Plants has said he and his ex-wife had an agreement that spanking their children was an appropriate form of discipline. State police are investigating the allegations.

The Plants were divorced in 2012. Mark Plants remarried in December.

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