Order of protection against Sen. Hensley dismissed at ex-wife’s request

The ex-wife of State Sen. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald, asked a judge to dismiss her order of protection against him last week, reports the Columbia Daily Herald.

Gina Hensley filed for the order of protection in Hohenwald, the Lewis County seat, after she claimed Hensley struck her with his car door. She said she lived in fear of her ex-husband’s anger.

Hensley told WSMV-TV, a news partner of The Daily Herald, she dropped the order because of how difficult it’s been on her children.

The senator issued a statement last week in response to his ex-wife’s decision, saying he did not believe she dropped it because of the affect on the children.

“I’m thankful to be able to put this behind me,” he wrote. “Gina has dropped her petition, but not because of the children. She was not concerned with the harm a divorce would cause our children or the harm this fabricated order of protection and the publicity surrounding it would cause our children. She dropped it because an independent witness came forward to testify that her story was false and even her own witnesses would not back up her accusations.”

Hensley said the Lewis County district attorney and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation investigated her claims.

“She was in real danger of being charged with making a false report, and that’s why she dropped it,” he said. “o far as the TBI investigation she mentioned, the TBI did a thorough investigation at the request of the district attorney, and they also found absolutely no basis for her claims.

“The investigation is over and although I’m happy to be fully vindicated, her false allegations have damaged my reputation. Domestic violence is a serious matter and the system designed to protect victims should not be able to be used by vindictive people that want to make someone look bad.”

Hensley said there should be consequences for false reports and said he would never hurt another person.

“People who only know my name and not me personally probably have their doubts,” he wrote. “Why would she make up a story like this if it wasn’t true? I may never know for certain but I’d imagine that she would like to have full custody of our children which we share jointly now, and that would, of course, mean more money from me.

“I’ve already given her plenty of money, and she even lives in another house that I own. I will always take care of my children and even in the short period of time we have not lived together I have continued to pay for things that I am not obligated to in the terms of our divorce.”