State Democrats seek resignation of House Republican after cyberstalking charge

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Democratic Party leaders are calling for the resignation of a Republican state lawmaker now facing a cyberstalking charge related to a domestic case.

Court records show a misdemeanor criminal summons has been issued for two-term Rep. Cody Henson of Transylvania County. The document names estranged wife Kelsey Henson as the victim. Last week, a judge issued a long-term protective order against the legislator after determining text messages his wife received amounted to "mental harassment."

State Party Chair Wayne Goodwin and Democratic Women of North Carolina President Julia Buckner says Henson must resign. Buckner says "any form of domestic violence or abuse is categorically unacceptable."

Henson didn't return messages at his legislative office or through email seeking comment. Records show the summons hadn't been served as of midday Thursday.

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