Investigating N.C. Representative

Published 11:40 pm Thursday, February 14, 2019

Transylvania County investigating Cody Henson for cyberstalking 

BREVARD—After his wife petitioned for a domestic violence protection order in January, the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office is now investigating the complaint against N.C. Rep. Cody Henson (R).  

Henson represents the North Carolina House of Representative’s 113th District, which includes Polk, Transylvania and most of Henderson counties.  

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Kelsey Henson claims in the petition that Cody Henson was repeatedly texting her outside the hours they agreed they would to communicate about their children.  

Henson just won his second term last November.  

Kelsey has said she wants people to know she’s not trying to ruin his life, but trying to get hers back.  

Cody Henson has responded that this is a family matter and while he refutes many of the allegations, he looks forward to resolving the matter amicably through the legal process to do what is in the best interest of their children.  

Henson was served with a 50B Ex Parte Domestic Violence Order of Protection in Transylvania County at the end of January. He resides in Brevard.  

The order stated that Henson, the defendant, has committed acts of domestic violence against the plaintiff, Kelsey Henson, his wife. The order also claims that acts of domestic violence have been committed against the minor child(ren) residing with or in the custody of Henson.  

Henson was ordered to not assault, threaten, abuse, follow, harass or interfere with the plaintiff or a member of the plaintiff’s family or household. Henson was ordered to not be within 100 feet of the plaintiff.  

The order states that the plaintiff claims she has been subjected to levels of harassment to such a level as to inflict substantial emotional distress, with her placed in an ongoing fear for her safety and that of her children.  

Kelsey Henson has reportedly made three calls to 911 about her husband over the last year, with the latest call coming on Jan. 2. Kelsey Henson has said the abuse was not physical.   

Both parties appeared in civil court last week, when it was reported that Judge Mack McKeller recused himself. The case was continued until Feb. 19, which will be heard before Judge Fritz Mercer.  

No criminal charges have been issued against Henson.  

North Carolina statutes define electronic communications become the crime of cyberstalking when done repeatedly, whether or not conversation ensues, for the purpose of abusing, threatening, terrifying, harassing or embarrassing any person. Cyberstalking is a class 2 misdemeanor in North Carolina.  

Since the order was issued, Cody Henson’s personal websites have been removed.