Sgt. M.S. Adams of the State Police Crimes Against Children Unit in Wheeling is investigating the complaint. Mark Plants said he's cooperating with the State Police investigation and has talked to Adams. He did not take questions from reporters at his news conference.
Plants, 37, was first elected as Kanawha prosecutor in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012.
Last month, Plants married Sarah Foster, his former secretary. He recently has been criticized for the $15,000 in pay raises she received during the four years she worked for Plants.
Foster was hired at a salary of $30,000 a year, replacing a secretary who made $43,000. By the time she left the prosecutor's office, Foster's salary was authorized at $45,000.
Foster also had multiple motor-vehicle violations dismissed in magistrate court without proof that the violations were corrected.
The state Office of Disciplinary Counsel has an open investigation into Plants, and the prosecutor has said that it's regarding the alleged favoritism.
Plants has said Foster's salary was not out of line with what he paid his other secretaries and assistants. He also denies having any involvement in his wife's tickets being dismissed.
Plants choked back tears as he talked about his children at Thursday's news conference. He said being a father comes first, before his job.
"My number-one, most important job is to be a father and to raise law-abiding, respectable children," Plants said. "If we had more parents who raised their children in a respectable manner, we would likely have less criminals."
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