Mark Mansa, a Bethel businessman, was indicted Tuesday on federal charges at U.S. District Court inÂ Bridgeport.
Mansa and three other men are accused of running an illegal steroids and marijuana ring in GreaterÂ Danbury.
They allegedly sold steroids and marijuana to high school athletes andÂ 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 distributeÂ steroids.
Mansa has been involved with local youth sports organizations, including Bethel Youth Football and theÂ Bethel Youth Wrestling Club, with his 11-year-oldÂ son.
“It’s unbelievable,” saidÂ Ron SchulmanÂ of Bethel Youth Wrestling Club when he learned of Mansa’s arrestÂ Tuesday.
Schulman said he knew Mansa only through his son’s connection to theÂ 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 beÂ hurt.”
Schulman said he did not think there was a steroid problem inÂ Bethel.
“I don’t want to be naive,” he said. “But we have a good community and good parentsÂ here.”
Mansa’s arrest, he said, could be useful if parents can use it to reinforce the danger and illegality ofÂ steroids.
In August 2010, Mansa served as the volunteer chairman for the Bethel Youth Football fundraiser commemorating American Youth FootballÂ Day.
“Nice,”Â Ken Samuelson, a former coach with Bethel Pride — the town’s youth football and cheerleading club — said sarcastically when told Tuesday afternoon of Mansa’sÂ arrest.
He also said he heard about Mansa’s involvement with the ring “weeksÂ ago.”
Mansa once was president of Casual Living, a patio furniture company with a store at 714 Danbury Road inÂ Ridgefield.
He was most recently employed by Pure Payments, a credit card processing company, according to his LinkedIn account and a local businessÂ organization.
Mansa and his ex-wife, Susan, also have a 14-year-oldÂ daughter.
The couple divorced in 2010 after 20 years of marriage, and Susan (Haas) Mansa has retained the family’s home at 2Â Empire LaneÂ inÂ 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 inÂ 1996. http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Suspect-in-steroids-ring-was-involved-in-Bethel-1141183.php