Man accused of holding sister captive out on bail

Arthur Gauvin of Seymour was arrested on Apr. 24, 2014.

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – A Seymour man accused of holding his sister captive in squalor for years was released on $125,000 bond Wednesday after an appearance at Milford Superior Court.

At the same time, new court documents now show that some neighbors brought their suspicions to police years before the alleged filthy living conditions were revealed.

Police say 58-year-old Arthur Gauvin kept his 56-year-old mentally disabled sister locked up like an animal in a room in his Seymour home for years.

“When I saw the black window, I did question it but again you don’t know what goes on behind closed doors,” Joanne Frosceno, a neighbor, said April 24 when Gauvin was arrested.

The police report described it as a “dungeon” with “two large boards screwed onto the window frame to prevent (her) from escaping.” It goes on to say the sister was found “lying in her own feces and urine” and her “toe nails were three to four inches long.” She was “dirty … extremely thin and appeared malnourished,” the report said.

Gauvin is now out on bond with a GPS monitoring system.

Documents show his adult daughter also lived here with her young child and told police she was worried about her aunt but said her father’s threats made her scared and petrified.

And the report says a few years ago neighbors called police after the trapped woman escaped through the window and “crawled to a neighbor’s house begging for food.”

“I know there were concerns in the neighborhood but I can’t go over there and knock on the door and say what’s going on,” Frosceno said. “It’s not my business.”

The police report says Gauvin told police he locked her in the room to keep the dogs from getting to her food, and he didn’t call the state to help take care of his disabled sister because he was worried he would lose the home.

He’ll be back in court June 25.

Seymour police could not be reached for comment.

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