A Connecticut businessman arrested as part of a Danbury-based sex-trafficking ring will not have to submit to an HIV test, but the matter was sent by the state Supreme Court back to the lower court for a new hearing.
Bruce Bemer was convicted in 2019 of multiple counts of patronizing a trafficked person and a single count of criminal liability for trafficking a person. He remains free on bond while appealing his 10 year prison sentence. The state and some victims filed a motion in 2018 that Bemer submit to a HIV test, with the results to be shared with the victims. Bemer’s attorneys argued the test violated his privacy rights.
Prosecutors said that at least two of the 15 victims in the trafficking ring had developmental disabilities.
Robert King, of Danbury, was accused of finding victims at drug rehabilitation centers and taking them to Bemer for sex acts. King pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 54 months in prison.