In what could only be described as one of the strangest decisions in the history of the Danbury Court, the defendant in a sex trafficking ring case has rejected a probation deal that would have kept him from doing prison time.

As we reported here back in December, Bruce Bemer, a Glastonbury businessman was charged with taking part in a Danbury-based sex trafficking ring that authorities said operated for decades. Now here's the latest on this story:

Bemer has rejected the most recent offer presented by Superior Court Judge Susan Reynolds. He's elected to have a trial by jury and, if convicted, could face up to 30 years in prison.

According to, Bemer's attorney Anthony Spinella said he felt confident in his clients decision.

We don’t believe the state can prove its case, the prosecution has serious problems in terms of the credibility of the witnesses, two of which have already died. My client doesn’t want to be a convicted felon.

Meanwhile, Joel Faxon, the attorney representing some of the ring's victims in civil suits, was shocked by the events that transpired in the court room, and that Bremer rejected the plea offer.

We welcome the trial, my clients would have strongly objected to the deal. We are confident and hopeful that Bemer will spend many years of his life in jail.

According to authorities Bemer was a major client of Robert King of Danbury, who targeted young men with mental illnesses and disabilities. They would get the men hooked on drugs and then prostituted them to older men to pay off their debts.

Bemer, has also been accused of patronizing a prostitute and conspiracy to commit human trafficking, he had no comment during the hearing.

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