Sick, leftist “love” and government “care” combined…
A Glastonbury fuel business and racetrack owner and a convicted sex offender from Westport allegedly enticed young men with mental health problems into a human trafficking prostitution ring with the lure of money, drugs and vehicles, police said.
Bruce J. Bemer, 63, of Glastonbury and William Trefzger, 71, of Westport were arraigned Thursday in Superior Court in Danbury after they were charged with patronizing a trafficked person, police said.
Bemer owns the New London-Waterford Speedbowl and Bemer Petroleum Corp., 210 Commerce St., in Glastonbury. He admitted to investigators that he had been paying “boys” for sex for up to a quarter of a century, according to court documents.
Robert King of Danbury was previously arrested in connection with the ring and charged with promoting prostitution and tampering with a witness, police said. The ring, which operated out of Danbury, reached other towns and cities, they said.
“This ring is alleged to have exploited young males with mental health issues by delivering them to wealthy ‘clients’ throughout Connecticut for the purpose of [having] sex for money,” Danbury police said in a press release Thursday.
Additional arrests are expected, police said.
Authorities identified about 15 victims, most of whom suffer from severe psychological disorders and “significant mental health needs,” Danbury police said. Investigators learned that one of the victims met King when the young man was searching dumpsters for returnable bottles.
The man, as well as a second victim, was being cared for at Abilities Beyond on Cleveland Street in Danbury, which has a contract to run group homes with the state. The facility cares for individuals with significant mental health needs and psychological disorders.
At least two of the victims had been treated at a residential care facility in Danbury; two had conservators appointed to handle their affairs. At least some were under 18, court documents show.
The arrest warrant affidavit said King “sought out young men with varying degrees of psychological disabilities.”
“King would fraudulently befriend these young males, offer them work, money, food and other fake inducements, exploit weakness which is often drug based, and provide them with illegal drugs to the point they were financially indebted to him.”
According to the affidavit, “Bemer stated that he believed that during a 20- to 25-year period, King brought him eight to 10 different boys for sex, most on multiple occasions. Bemer stated that he paid approximately $200-250 per occasion,” the affidavit said.
Although he often referred to them as “boys” or “kids,” Bemer said they were adults when he had sex with them. However, he said he stopped having sex with some of them because they grew too old, according to the affidavit.