County Prosecutor Charged with Domestic Battery

Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants has been released on his own recognizance, after being arraigned on a charge of domestic battery. He's accused of striking his son with a leather belt more than 10 times. The charge filed on Monday follows a complaint filed by Plants' ex-wife with the West Virginia State Police. She told police that Plants held his 11-year-old son by the arm and hit him with a belt after a dispute between the boy and his brother. After a warrant was issued for his arrest, Plants turned himself in Monday morning. After his arraignment on the misdemeanor charge, Plants told reporters that he is not guilty of any crime. He said that , just like any other person accused of a crime, he's got to sit back and let the criminal justice system run its course.