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Speedbowl owner sentenced for human trafficking fights HIV test order

HARTFORD (AP) — A Connecticut businessman convicted for his role in a human trafficking ring that preyed on young men who were mentally ill and intellectually disabled is fighting a court-ordered HIV test.

The Hartford Courant reports Bruce Bemer is arguing that the order violates his constitutional rights against unreasonable searches. He's asking the state Supreme Court to overturn the test order. Some of the victims allege Bemer knew he was HIV-positive but never disclosed it while having unprotected sex.

Bemer was sentenced to 10 years in prison in June but is free pending an appeal of his conviction. A jury found the Glastonbury resident guilty of patronizing victims of human trafficking in April.

Bemer, who owns the New London-Waterford Speedbowl racetrack, admitted he patronized prostitutes, but denied any role in human trafficking.



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