A North Carolina lawmaker is resigning in the wake of a guilty plea for cyberstalking. 

Rep. Cody Henson originally said he would serve out his term but not run for re-election next year.

Now the second-term Republican says he'll step down this week to spend more time with his two children. 

On Tuesday, Henson plead guilty to cyberstalking his estranged wife. The misdemeanor will be dropped if he completes 18 months of probation. He must also complete a domestic violence treatment class, surrender any firearms and not contact his estranged wife.

Henson serves a district in western North Carolina that includes Transylvania and Polk Counties, and part of Henderson.

A judge earlier this year issued a protective order against him after determining texts his wife received amounted to "mental harassment." 


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