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November 29, 2012

Huntsville police continue investigation into local man charged with sexual abuse

CULLMAN — A Huntsville police spokesman said the investigation into a Cullman County man charged with sexual abuse and sodomy will continue for several more days.

Anthony “Tony” Wade Sisk, 42, of Hanceville, was arrested Thanksgiving day in Cullman County on warrants from Huntsville. The charges included second degree sexual abuse, second degree sodomy, enticing a child and electronic solicitation of a child.

“We’re trying to tie a lot of things together at this point. Everything is still on the table,” said Dr. Harry Hobbs, spokesman for the Huntsville Police Department.

Because the alleged victim is not an adult, investigators are looking at whether more than one person was involved or whether others have knowledge of the incident.

“Our investigation shows that he (Sisk) made at least two visits to a young lady, 15 years old, and on the second visit there was alleged sexual contact,” Hobbs said. “We received tips concerning this case and we went through all the legal means to get to this point in the investigation.”

Hobbs said the investigation shows that contact between Sisk and the 15-year-old was initiated through Facebook, later followed by phone texts.

Sisk was arrested during a routine traffic stop in Cullman County on Thanksgiving. Officers noticed the outstanding warrants on Sisk and placed him under arrest. He was held at the Cullman County Detention Center and then sent to Madison County where he bonded out of jail.

Sisk has worked as a substitute teacher in area schools and as a freelance writer in recent years.

* David Palmer may be contacted at dpalmer@cullmantimes.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 213.

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