Supreme Court says Glastonbury businessman convicted of sex trafficking cannot be compelled to be tested for AIDS
The State Supreme Court granted a stay on Wednesday to a Glastonbury businessman who challenged a court order requiring him to undergo testing for sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS after his arrest and conviction for crimes related to his involvement in a sex trafficking ring.
The legal victory could be short-lived for Bruce Bemer, whose companies include Waterford Speedbowl and Bemer Petroleum. The High Court returned the case to the judge who ordered the tests with instructions to schedule another hearing on the same issue while applying a different legal analysis.
Bemer, 66, was convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison a year ago for his involvement in a Danbury sex trafficking ring that exploited young men with drug addiction or mental illness. He was charged with condescending a prostitute and conspiring to commit human trafficking. He admitted to authorities that over the course of 20 to 25 years, a pimp procured him eight to ten boys, with whom he had sex on several occasions.
Bemer was released from prison on bail, but confined to his home, while appealing the conviction. In December, he was treated for stab wounds and the man who lived with him in his house was charged with attempted murder.
A judge ordered Bemer to undergo testing in October 2017, seven months after his arrest. A district attorney and several of Bemer’s victims, who are suing him, have requested the tests.