Three charged, including Southington man, following investigation into abuse of CVH patient

Three charged, including Southington man, following investigation into abuse of CVH patient

Record-Journal


A Southington man is among three staff members at Connecticut Valley Hospital facing charges after a patient was reportedly abused over several weeks.

State police said Tuesday additional arrests are anticipated.

Mark Cusson, 49, of Southington, was charged by warrant Tuesday with eight counts each of cruelty to persons and disorderly conduct.

Carl Benjamin, 38, of Hamden, was charged by warrant Tuesday with six counts each of cruelty to persons and disorderly conduct.

Gregory Giantonio, 43, of Deep River, was charged by warrant Tuesday with three counts each of cruelty to persons and disorderly conduct.

All three worked in the Middletown hospital’s Whiting Forensic Division.

Cusson and Benjamin posted $75,000 bond and are due in Middletown Superior Court on Thursday, while Giantonio was held on $75,000 bond and is due in court today.

On Tuesday, state police and the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services began serving arrest warrants for CVH staff accused of abusing a patient over the course of several weeks, state police said in a statement.

After the abuse was discovered, the patient was relocated to another facility and several staff members were placed on administrative leave.

The Hartford Courant reported in June that 29 employees were suspended after a whistle blower came forward in March and told officials about incidents of abuse captured on video. State officials viewed the tape and called in state police to investigate. The video shows staff members poking, kicking and jabbing the patient over several weeks.

The investigation is ongoing, state police said.


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