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    Whiting Forensic Employees Arrested in Abuse Probe

    Three employees at Whiting Forensic Division have been arrested in connection with an ongoing patient abuse investigation.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017)

    Nine employees from the state’s maximum security psychiatric hospital have been arrested in connection with a long-running investigation into patient abuse at the Whiting Forensic Division in Middletown, the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters have learned. 

    A total of 31 employees at the Whiting Forensic Division have been put on administrative leave since the spring, as allegations and videotape of the alleged abuse emerged, showing a patient was spit at and kicked and a dirty diaper was placed on his head.

    The nine employees were arrested on Tuesday with the following charges:

    Carl Benjamin
    DOB 02/17/1978
    Resident of Hamden
    Charges: 6 counts of cruelty to persons and 6 counts of disorderly conduct
    Bond: $75,000 cash or surety

    Mark Cusson
    DOB 07/28/1968
    Resident of Southington
    Charges: 8 counts of cruelty to persons and 8 counts of disorderly conduct
    Bond: $75,000 cash or surety

    Gregory Giantonio
    DOB 02/03/1974
    Resident of Deep River
    Charges: 3 counts of cruelty to persons and 3 counts of disorderly conduct
    Bond: $75,000 cash or surety

    Clayton Davis
    DOB 05/10/1969
    Resident of Hartford 
    Charges: 5 counts of cruelty to persons and 5 counts of disorderly conduct
    Bond: $25,000 cash or surety

    Bruce Holt
    DOB 06/12/1978
    Resident of Columbia
    Charges: 2 counts of cruelty to persons and 2 counts of disorderly conduct.
    Bond: $25,000 Non-Surety

    Robert Larned
    DOB 11/12/1971
    Resident of Hebron
    Charges: 5 counts of cruelty to persons and 5 counts of disorderly conduct.
    Bond: $25,000 Non-Surety

    Willie Bethea
    DOB 08/13/1972
    Resident of Middletown
    Charges: 2 counts of cruelty to persons and 2 counts of disorderly conduct.
    Bond: $25,000 Cash/Surety

    Seth Quider
    DOB 01/24/1983
    Resident of Enfield
    Charges: 6 counts of cruelty to persons and 6 counts of disorderly conduct.
    Bond: $75,000 Cash/Surety

    Lance Camby
    DOB 08/12/1969
    Resident of New Britain
    Charges: 5 counts of cruelty to persons and 5 counts of disorderly conduct.
    Bond: $75,000 

    The state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services released a statement to NBC Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon. 

    "DMHAS is appreciative of the efforts of the Connecticut State Police and the State's Attorney Office related to the criminal investigation into allegations of patient abuse. The Department has cooperated fully with this investigation. DMHAS would like to reiterate that the agency finds the nature of the abuse described in the allegations reprehensible. The arrests reinforce that this type of behavior will not be tolerated within our service system. We continue to work to identify more ways to improve patient care and safety and will do whatever is necessary to prevent future incidents. We remain committed to our vision of providing high-quality behavioral health care that is compassionate, genuine and professional." the statement reads. 

    NBC Connecticut chief investigative reporter Len Besthoff broke the story about the alleged abuse in April.

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