Southington man arrested in probe of abuse at CVH

Published on Tuesday, 5 September 2017 22:36
Written by Skyler Frazer

Staff Writer

SOUTHINGTON - A Southington man was arrested Tuesday morning as part of a state police investigation at Connecticut Valley Hospital.

Mark Cusson, 49, was charged with eight counts of cruelty to persons and eight counts of disorderly conduct. He is being held on $75,000 bond and is to be arraigned Thursday in Middletown Superior Court.

Cusson’s arrest came as the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Squad and the state Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services were granted arrest warrants as part of their investigation into alleged abuse of a patient at CVH’s Whiting Forensic Division. According to police, the patient was relocated.

Staff members identified as the accused abusers were placed on administrative leave, and arrest warrants were recently granted for many of the accused.

Police also arrested Carl Benjamin, 38, of Hamden and Gregory Giantonio, 34, of Deep River.

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are anticipated.

Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at

Posted in The Bristol Press, General News, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 5 September 2017 22:36. Updated: Tuesday, 5 September 2017 22:38.