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Teen accepted into accelerated rehab program


NEW LONDON — A 2013 graduate of Stonington High School can have multiple charges stemming from his use of an unoccupied Osbrook Point home for parties expunged from his criminal record as part of an accelerated rehabilitation program.

Cullen Storm Faulise, 19, of 28 Meadowbrook Lane, Pawcatuck, was arrested by Stonington police in May, charged with causing “from $50,000 to $100,000” in damages to a home where authorities said he hosted a number of parties with large groups of teenagers.

Faulise appeared in New London Superior Court on Monday where he was allowed the opportunity to participate in the program. If Faulise is stays out of trouble and is of good behavior until Oct. 2, 2015, his record will be clean. Sean C. Donohue, of New London, and a Westerly attorney representing Faulise, said the resolution does not include a plea. Faulise will have to attend counseling sessions and meet with a probation officer which is part of the court-enforced deal. Donohue said although Faulise is under the legal drinking age, he will undergo random drug and alcohol screenings.

Faulise was charged on May 22 with third-degree burglary, a felony, third-degree criminal mischief, and sixth-degree larceny.

Police began an investigation last March after being called by the homeowners who visit periodically. Police said the house was extensively vandalized. Police said there were holes in the walls, damage to granite counter tops, to the refrigerator, thermostats, lights, doors and floors. Because there was no power to the house, items were burned in the fireplace. A rug near the fireplace was burned, police said.

Detectives said there was urine on the floor and feces in the toilets that could not be flushed with no power to the house. The police also found smashed liquor bottles, cups, garbage, condoms, and other indications that large parties had taken place in the house, they reported.

Police said they interviewed 35 people involved in the parties before they arrested Faulise.

Donohue said Faulise is now looking for employment and trying to put the incident behind him.

“This incident included numerous kids. My client was the only one charged,” Donohue said. He said public perception of what happened in this particular case is not always consistent with the facts. Donohue said the victims agreed to the accelerated rehabilitation.

Faulise, who once was a member of the Stonington High School crew team, was also arrested in Mystic the following week, charged with third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree burglary and sixth-degree larceny. That arrest was included in Monday’s disposition.



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