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 placed 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 placement in the program for first-time transgressors. DeMatte is the owner of DeMatte Chiropractic in Franklin Township.
Mahoning Township cops charged DeMatte with intensified assault and two charges of basic assault.
According to court documents, on April 18, 2019, authorities went to a regional healthcare facility to meet an assault victim. The female had a shiner, a cut on her chin, and second-degree burns on her back and right arm.
She told officers that on the early morning of April 13, 2019, DeMatte tossed a hot substance on her. She said he then pressed her to the ground, punched her in the face, and dragged her throughout the floor by her hair.
She said the attack followed an argument which started the night prior to.
DeMatte was jailed that day on the assault charges and sent out to Carbon County Correctional Facility and later on launched on bail.
Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Rapa said the victim of the attack, DeMatte's wife, agreed to the ARD positioning.
Nanovic positioned DeMatte in the program for two years and bought he pay an assessment of $450 for the cost of the program, get both drug and alcohol and psychological health examinations and follow any recommendations for treatment, successfully complete an anger management course, continue his existing counseling, pay court costs of about $1,000 and pay a $50 monthly guidance cost while in the program.
If he successfully complete the program, his record will be wiped tidy. Nevertheless, if he fails to finish it, or is revoked from the program, he will have to stand trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in going into the program.