Posted May 22, 2014 05:15 pm CDT
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.