- Prosecutor agrees he won’t use corporal punishment to discipline kids in deal to get charges dropped
Prosecutor agrees he won’t use corporal punishment to discipline kids in deal to get charges dropped
Posted May 22, 2014 12:15 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A West Virginia prosecutor has agreed he won’t use corporal punishment to discipline his children as part of a pretrial diversion program that could result in dismissal of two misdemeanor charges against him.
Plants was charged with domestic battery for allegedly disciplining his 11-year-old son with a belt in February, leaving a six-to seven-inch bruise on the boy’s thigh. Plants was also charged with violating a domestic-violence protective order to stay away from his ex-wife and their children.
Other conditions of the agreement require Plants to stay away from his ex-wife and to give a public apology. He will also be allowed supervised visits with his children.
Plants apologized in court after the agreement was reached on Wednesday. He apologized to his 11-year-old son and other family members, and said he believes his ex-wife contacted police in good faith.