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North Carolina Rep. Henson pleads guilty to cyberstalking

July 23, 2019

BREVARD, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina state lawmaker is pleading guilty to cyberstalking his estranged wife, a misdemeanor that will be dismissed if he completes 18 months of probation.

Second-term Republican Rep. Cody Henson, who represents Transylvania, Polk and part of Henderson County, pleaded guilty on Tuesday. He said earlier he won’t seek re-election next year and added Tuesday he won’t resign now.

Henson must complete a domestic violence treatment class, mental health and substance misuse assessments, and any follow-up treatments. Henson must surrender any firearms and can’t contact Kelsey Henson.

A judge earlier this year issued a protective order against Cody Henson after determining texts his wife received amounted to “mental harassment.”

Henson says he was “overly zealous” and used the wrong methods to try keeping his family together.

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