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Bemer sex-trafficking sentencing delayed; civil case moves forward

May 25, 2019

The sentencing of businessman Bruce Bemer, who faces up to 60 years in prison for sex trafficking of drug addicted and mentally disabled men, will be delayed until at least mid-June so a judge can hear arguments and rule on a defense motion to vacate the guilty verdicts delivered in April by a Danbury jury.

Bemer, 65, of Glastonbury, owner of Bemer Petroleum, the New London-Waterford Speedbowl and other businesses, is free on 25 million in assets to cover potential damages in the civil cases, but Faxon contends it’s not enough. Following the guilty verdicts, Faxon wrote to Bemer attorney Ryan Barry to say that, given the developments in the case, the plaintiffs’ attorneys “need access” to Bemer’s flagship business, Bemer Petroleum, which was founded by his parents.

“We can attach the business by agreement — or by force — and it will be granted,” Faxon wrote.

Faxon said in the email that he would add the propane business as a direct defendant in the civil case, “since the owners and management recklessly permitted felonious actions to take place on the property and the business housed the sex ring.” He added that the plaintiffs would consider appointing a receiver for the Bemer businesses, “so that the business assets are not wasted as no one will want to do business with a convicted sex trafficking offender — I am quite confident.”

According to testimony at Bemer’s criminal trial, Bemer paid for sex with young men recruited by sex trafficker Robert King and delivered in groups to Bemer at the Glastonbury office of his propane company, hotels and other locations. Some of the young men were hospitalized or committed suicide as a result of their victimization, according to court documents and testimony.

The manager of Bemer’s Waterford racetrack, which is undergoing renovations, said recently that he expects the track to open in June. He could not immediately be reached for an update on Friday.

k.florin@theday.com

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