Car track to open despite sex trafficking arrest of owner

WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — A small Connecticut racetrack, which faced an uncertain future after its owner was arrested on sex trafficking charges, has reached a lease agreement to hold car races this year.

Officials at the New London Waterford Speedbowl say Whitney Farm Racing has agreed to lease the track and operate it this summer.

The track postponed its planned May opening after its owner, 63-year-old Bruce Bemer, of Glastonbury, was charged in March with patronizing a trafficked person in connection with what authorities called a long-running human trafficking ring based in Danbury.

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The arrest led NASCAR to pull its sanction for the track.

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Bemer’s attorney has urged the public not to prematurely pass judgment on his client.

The track says it will have a racing schedule posted as soon as possible.