Courtesy of Cheshire Police Department

A Yale Hospitality General Manager, who runs the Pierson Dining Hall, was arrested on Friday morning at his Cheshire home on charges of aggravated sexual assault and strangulation — among other charges. The University is aware of the charges made against him, Yale spokesperson Tom Conroy told the News.

On Friday, Cheshire Police Department arrested 32-year-old Mark Lacy of Wallingford Road in Cheshire. Lacy was arrested on charges of aggravated sexual assault in the first degree, strangulation in the second degree, threatening in the first degree, risk of injury, unlawful restraint in the first degree and assault in the third degree.

According to a Cheshire Police Department report obtained by the News, the arrest stems from an incident which was reported to have occurred at Lacy’s residence on Wallingford Road on Friday morning. The incident was reported to the Cheshire Police Department at 9:29 a.m.

Lacy is being held on a $500,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on the morning of Monday, Feb. 4.

Lacy is listed on the Yale Hospitality website as one of eight Yale Dining General Managers and as a member of the Management Team of Pierson College. Conroy told the News on Saturday that Lacy will “not return to work until further notice.”

Yale Hospitality Associate Vice President Rafi Taherian is working with Head of College Stephen Davis to ensure that hospitality operations in the college are continuing to run smoothly, Conroy said.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Lacy has been working at Yale University for over five years. He began as a Dining Manager in Sept. 2013 and became a General Manager in July 2016. He graduated from Johnson and Wales University in 2012 and received his Master of Business Administration from the same university in 2018.

Cheshire Police Lieutenant Michael Durkee told the News that he could not give further detail of the incidents described to the police, referring to Connecticut State Statute 1-210 (b)(3), which provides exceptions to public access of records.

“The call is not releasable at this time because the investigation may be prejudiced by information in the call and it may disclose the identity of a witness,” Durkee told the News on Saturday.

Yale Hospitality executives and administrators could not be reached over the weekend for comment.

Sammy Westfall |