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March 15, 2011
Suspect in steroids ring was involved in youth sports
Connecticut man indicted for selling steroids . . . to KIDS! This father of an 11-year old has been involved in youth sports and has allegedly been selling steroids to young athletes in this Connecticut community, a community where no one thought there could be a “steroid problem!” Don

Mark Mansa, a Bethel businessman, was indicted Tuesday on federal charges at U.S. District Court in Bridgeport.

Mansa and three other men are accused of running an illegal steroids and marijuana ring in Greater Danbury.

They allegedly sold steroids and marijuana to high school athletes and others.

The 46-year-old Mansa, who has also lived in Danbury and Ridgefield, was in custody before the indictment was unsealed, police

said. Mansa is charged with conspiracy to distribute steroids.

Mansa has been involved with local youth sports organizations, including Bethel Youth Football and the Bethel Youth Wrestling Club, with his 11-year-old son.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Ron Schulman of Bethel Youth Wrestling Club when he learned of Mansa’s arrest Tuesday.

Schulman said he knew Mansa only through his son’s connection to the club.

“He’s a good kid,” Schulman said. “How stupid can a man be? If he goes to jail, it’s his son that will be hurt.”

Schulman said he did not think there was a steroid problem in Bethel.

“I don’t want to be naive,” he said. “But we have a good community and good parents here.”

Mansa’s arrest, he said, could be useful if parents can use it to reinforce the danger and illegality of steroids.

In August 2010, Mansa served as the volunteer chairman for the Bethel Youth Football fundraiser commemorating American Youth Football Day.

“Nice,” Ken Samuelson, a former coach with Bethel Pride — the town’s youth football and cheerleading club — said sarcastically when told Tuesday afternoon of Mansa’s arrest.

He also said he heard about Mansa’s involvement with the ring “weeks ago.”

Mansa once was president of Casual Living, a patio furniture company with a store at 714 Danbury Road in Ridgefield.

He was most recently employed by Pure Payments, a credit card processing company, according to his LinkedIn account and a local business organization.

Mansa and his ex-wife, Susan, also have a 14-year-old daughter.

The couple divorced in 2010 after 20 years of marriage, and Susan (Haas) Mansa has retained the family’s home at 2 Empire Lane in Bethel.

The 3,280-square-foot colonial has four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms and sits on 1.57 acres with an in-ground pool, according to property records. The couple purchased the home new in 1996. http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Suspect-in-steroids-ring-was-involved-in-Bethel-1141183.php