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Connecticut businessman convicted in human trafficking case

April 10, 2019

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A 65-year-old Connecticut businessman has been convicted of involvement with a human trafficking ring that preyed on mentally ill and intellectually disabled boys and young men.

The six-member jury in Danbury Superior Court on Wednesday convicted Bruce Bemer of Glastonbury.

Bemer, the owner of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl racetrack, has admitted he patronized prostitutes. But his lawyer, Anthony Spinella, denied there was any human trafficking. He was found guilty of several counts related to human trafficking.

A prosecutor told the jury that co-defendant Robert King found the victims at drug rehabs, group homes and other places and brought them to Bemer for sex acts. King has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.