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Sisk cross arraignment

Posted on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 3:03 pm

Warsaw chiropractor and former town councilman Dr. Mathieu Sisk, 48, was arraigned on Friday, Oct. 28 in Richmond County General District Court, after he was charged with assault and battery of a family member, malicious wounding, strangulation, and abduction following an alleged altercation the previous weekend.

According to Richmond County Sheriff Stephan Smith, further investigation of an incident that allegedly occurred on Oct. 21 prompted the malicious wounding, strangulation, and abduction charges. Sisk was then taken back into custody at the Northern Neck Regional Jail without bond on Oct. 27. His arraignment for the initial domestic assault charge and three additional charges were combined, moving the date up to Oct. 28.

At Friday’s hearing, the court allowed Sisk the option of posting a $10,000 bond for all his charges, discharging his previous cash bond of $3,000 from his initial arrest on Oct. 21. Sisk’s attorney, Jeffrey Matthews, requested the reading of his charges be waived. If the new bond is secured, Sisk will be released and return to living with a family member in Heathsville under supervision and possible GPS monitoring, according to the court.

During the arraignment, Matthews said that Sisk is a “long-time resident of the community” with a “thriving chiropractor business” and needed to return to his job to continue to support himself and his family. King William Commonwealth’s Attorney Matthew Kite, who has been assigned to the case, agreed to the bond as long as he has no contact with his immediate family, and agrees to undergo a drug and alcohol test as part of pre-trial proceedings.

The four charges stem from an incident that allegedly occurred at Sisk’s Warsaw residence on Friday, Oct. 21. Dispatchers received a call at 10:50 p.m. from Sisk’s neighbor, according to Smith. The alleged victim was transported to Riverside Tappahannock Hospital and Sisk was served with an emergency protective order. Since that time, Sisk has made no effort to contact the alleged victim, according to his defense attorney.

Sisk resigned from his town council position on Tuesday, Oct. 25, four days after being arrested for the domestic assault charge. He was elected into office in May. According to Warsaw Town Mayor Randall Phelps, the council will recruit a qualified replacement to fill the vacant seat and finish out the remaining term which ends in 2020.

The assault and battery of a family member charge is a Class 1 misdemeanor, while malicious wounding, strangulation, and abduction are all felony charges. The case is still under investigation. His trial is scheduled for Jan. 19 in Richmond County Circuit Court.