State Trooper Charged With Assault In Bar Fight Is On Workers' Comp

A state trooper who has been out of work on a workers' compensation injury since September was arrested over the weekend and charged with assault following a bar fight that led to another man being hospitalized.

Jeffrey Meninno, 52, of Waterford was charged with second-degree assault, third-degree assault and breach of peace following a fight at the Chapter One Bar and Grill in Mystic. He was released on a $2,500 bail and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in New London on June 20.

State comptroller records show that Meninno has been on workers' compensation since Sept. 16. The records do not indicate the nature of his injury.

State workers' compensation records only show that Meninno injured his foot in a car crash in 2012. He has been a state trooper since February 1997 and earned about $91,000 in 2016, according to comptroller records.

Groton police said they were called to the bar around 1 a.m. and that a man had to be brought to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital for his injuries, which sources said included a broken jaw.

Witnesses told police that Meninno had been involved in the fight and police went to his house in Waterford and arrested him, records show.

State Police spokesman Kelly Grant said that Meninno has had his police powers suspended pending the outcome of the investigation. His badge and gun have been confiscated and the matter has been referred to the Connecticut State Police Bureau of Professional Standards.

State police would not say why Meninno was on workers' compensation. Meninno was the vice president of the state police union until recently.

Union officials issued a statement saying they were "disappointed to learn one of our members was arrested."

"All of the facts and circumstances involving the alleged incident have yet to be reported and the public should not rush to judgment based on headlines alone," the statement said.

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