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Jury selection set to begin in human trafficking trial

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) - Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of a Connecticut man accused of being part of a human trafficking ring that preyed on intellectually disabled and mentally ill boys and young men for more than 20 years.

The prosecution and defense in the case of Bruce Bemer are scheduled to begin picking jurors in Danbury Superior Court on Wednesday. The wealthy Glastonbury businessman has pleaded not guilty to patronizing a human trafficking victim and conspiracy to commit human trafficking.

Authorities identified 15 victims of the trafficking ring, but say there could be hundreds more.

Two other men were arrested in the case. Robert King, of Danbury, has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing. William Trefzger, of Westport, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year in prison.