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Del. House Lawmaker Files Protective Order Against Wife

Rep. John Atkins Rep. John Atkins
MILLSBORO, Del.- A Delaware lawmaker facing a protective order from his wife is firing back, alleging she is physically and verbally abusive. Court documents show state Rep. John Atkins, of Millsboro, has now filed a protective order against his wife.

John Atkins' wife, Heather Atkins, was the first of the couple to file a protective order. Early last week, a judge ordered John Atkins to stay away from his wife and children due to complaints of erratic behavior. Court documents show John Atkins handed more than 17 firearms, mostly shotguns, to police after the order. In a petition for emergency protection, Heather Atkins described bouts of abusive and violent behavior. She said she feared her husband would harm her and the children.

After news of the protective order became public, John Atkins refrained from making any comment other than to say that protective orders are "one- sided" and would will tell his side of the story in court.

However, late last week John Atkins filed his own protective order against his wife, alleging abuse and claiming that in the past Heather Atkins "threatened to kill" their children and herself.

In 2006, John Atkins was arrested for offensive touching.

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