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Lawyer: Convicted businessman stabbed in domestic incident

GLASTONBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut businessman convicted in what prosecutors called a human trafficking ring that preyed on young men was stabbed Tuesday night in an apparent domestic violence episode, according to his lawyer.

Bruce Bemer has been released from the hospital and is expected to fully recover after the attack at his Glastonbury home, his lawyer, Anthony Spinella, said Wednesday.

Glastonbury police said they charged Jason McCormick, Bemer's longtime domestic partner, with attempted murder and other crimes. McCormick was detained on $500,000 bail. It wasn't immediately clear if he has a lawyer who could respond to the allegations.

Police said they found the victim with stab wounds in the garage and McCormick nearby with self-inflicted knife wounds to his arms.

Glastonbury police Lt. Corey Davis said he could not release the name of the victim because of domestic violence laws.

Spinella said the attack was unprovoked.

“My client is going to recover from the injuries he sustained in an unprovoked attack. So we’re grateful for that,” he said.

Bemer was sentenced to 10 years in prison last year after being convicted of patronizing victims of human trafficking. He has denied the allegations and has been free pending an appeal.

Bemer, who owns the New London-Waterford Speedbowl racetrack and other companies, was one of three men convicted in the trafficking ring, which prosecutors said preyed on young men who were mentally ill and intellectually disabled.

Police have said they identified at least 15 victims, but believe there could be dozens more dating back to the 1990s.

One of the other men convicted in the case, Robert King, of Danbury, found some of the victims at drug rehab centers, police said. According to arrest warrants, he would give them drugs, including heroin and cocaine, and take them to Bemer and other men for sex acts so they could earn money to pay him back for the drugs.

Bemer admitted he patronized prostitutes but denied any role in human trafficking.

King was sentenced to more than four years in prison last year.

The third man, William Trefzger, of Westport, pleaded guilty to patronizing a trafficked person and was sentenced to a year in prison.

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