CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Kanawha County family court judge issued an emergency order Thursday keeping county Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants away from his ex-wife and their children, after she accused him of child abuse.
Family Court Judge Mike Kelly granted Allison Plants the emergency domestic-violence protective order, according to her attorney, Mike Clifford.
The West Virginia State Police began investigating the case after the agency got a complaint Wednesday from Allison Plants, saying that the prosecutor "abused one of his children by disciplining him in an excessive manner," according to a news release from the State Police.
Mark Plants and Allison Plants have two sons. She filed for divorce in June 2012.
Plants said at a news conference Thursday that he and his ex-wife "agreed that spanking on occasion is an appropriate form of discipline."
The prosecutor said he is "absolutely disgusted" that his children are being used in "politically motivated allegations." He accused his ex-wife of "political mudslinging," because she hired Charleston attorney Clifford to represent her.
"This was not an issue until I recently got remarried and she recently hired Mike Clifford," Plants said. "This is a page right out of Mike Clifford's playbook."
Clifford, who had Plants' job as Kanawha County prosecutor from 2001 to 2005, said he and Charleston attorney Ed Rebrook are representing Allison Plants.
When told that Plants had accused him of mudslinging, Clifford said, "I'm not going to try these people's personal history in the press."
Before the news conference, Allison Plants said her attorney had advised her not to comment.