Nine arrested for alleged patient abuse at the Whiting Forensic Division of the Connecticut Valley Hospital (from left to right, top to bottom): Carl Benjamin, Mark Cusson, Gregory Giantonio, Clayton Davis, Bruce Holt, Robert Larned, Willie Bethea, Seth Quider and Lance Camby. (Photos: Courtesy of the Connecticut State Police)

Nine state mental-health workers were arrested Tuesday and charged with cruelty to persons in the first wave of enforcement actions in the largest patient-abuse scandal in memory at the state's maximum-security forensic hospital.

Additional arrests are forthcoming, state police said.

Among those arrested on felony warrants was a forensic head nurse, Mark Cusson, 49, of Southington, charged with eight counts of cruelty to persons.

The other workers arrested were Carl Benjamin, 39, of Hamden; Gregory Giantonio, 43, of Deep River; Clayton Davis, 48, of Hartford; Bruce Holt, 39, of Columbia; Robert Larned, 45, of Hebron; Willie Bethea, 45, of Middletown; Seth Quider, 34, of Enfield; and Lance Camby, 48, of New Britain.

All were charged with cruelty to persons and disorderly conduct. Arraignments are scheduled for this week in Superior Court in Middletown.

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