Domestic Violence Petition Against Prosecutor Continues through September

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The domestic violence petition in the case against Kanawha County's Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants was extended through mid-September.

According to the document, the agreement which allows for increased and unsupervised visits with his children, will run through September 17th, 2014.

A temporary order went into place back in March. Plants spanked his son using a belt. The action, which Plants said was agreed upon by he and his ex-wife, left bruises on his son.

A domestic violence petition was issued against Plants to protect his ex-wife and their two children. A charge of domestic battery was filed against Plants. Plants was also later charged with violating the domestic violence petition.

The new order states "by issuing a final protective order at this time, the Court finds that this matter can move forward in a way that will allow Mark Plants to have increased unsupervised contact with his children, but will allow meaningful protection from physical and emotional abuse for the children and their mother. At this point, a more permanent resolution/solution would be more appropriately be addressed in the parties underlying divorce/parenting case."

The order also states that Plants should and will continue with counseling.

As far as the charges against him, Plants has entered into a pre-trial diversion program. If he meets certain guidelines within the next year the charges against him will be dropped. A hearing on that matter is set for June 24th, 2014.

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