Published June 03. 2020 01:23 PM
A Lehighton-area chiropractic specialist, charged with a supposed physical attack that took place in April 2019, was positioned in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Monday.
Dr. John DeMatte IV, 52, of Lehighton, appeared prior to President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II for the positioning in the program for novice offenders. DeMatte is the owner of DeMatte Chiropractic in Franklin Township.
Mahoning Township authorities charged DeMatte with aggravated attack and two charges of simple attack.
According to court documents, on April 18, 2019, cops went to a regional medical facility to meet an assault victim. The female had a black eye, a cut on her chin, and second-degree burns on her back and ideal arm.
She told officers that on the morning of April 13, 2019, DeMatte threw a hot compound on her. She stated he then pressed her to the ground, punched her in the face, and dragged her throughout the floor by her hair.
She stated the attack followed an argument which began the night before.
DeMatte was jailed that day on the attack charges and sent to Carbon County Correctional Facility and later released on bail.
Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Rapa said the victim of the attack, DeMatte's spouse, accepted the ARD positioning.
Nanovic put DeMatte in the program for 2 years and bought he pay an evaluation of $450 for the cost of the program, get both drug and alcohol and mental health examinations and follow any recommendations for treatment, effectively finish an anger management course, continue his present counseling, pay court costs of about $1,000 and pay a $50 monthly supervision charge while in the program.
If he effectively finish the program, his record will be wiped tidy. However, if he stops working to complete it, or is withdrawed from the program, he will have to stand trial on all pending charges. A person does not confess guilt in getting in the program.