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Trial date set for New London-Waterford Speedbowl owner Bruce Bemer

Danbury Police Department

According to the Danbury News Times, the trial of New London-Waterford Speedbowl owner Bruce Bemer will begin on Jan. 31.

Bemer was arrested in March 2017 and has been free on a $500,000 bail ever since. Bemer was charged for his alleged involvement in a sex trafficking ring. NASCAR pulled its sanctioning agreement with the track, and its Whelen Modified Tour date in the weeks after the arrest.

According to the Hartford Courant, Bemer “admitted to investigators that he had been paying ‘boys’ for sex for up to a quarter of a century, according to court documents.” In January, he rejected a plea deal that could have spared him prison time, instead opting for a trial-by-jury. If convicted at trial, he could face up to 30 years in prison.

The Speedbowl has announced a 22-event weekly racing schedule for its 2019 Saturday night weekly program. Opening weekend is scheduled for May 11-12.

H/T RacedayCT

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