DANBURY — Victims of an alleged Danbury-based sex-trafficking ring continue to come forward, with some filing lawsuits claiming the abuse began as early as the mid-1990s.

Police arrested three men in March on charges of human trafficking, including Robert King, of Danbury, who police said ran the operation. Authorities said King, William Trefzger, of Westport, and Bruce Bemer, of Glastonbury, targeted young men with mental illnesses, gave them drugs and sold them into prostitution.

Since the arrests, lawsuits have been filed by men who said they were victims. The latest was filed last month in state Superior Court in Hartford against King, Trefzger and Bemer claiming abuse dating to 2007.

The three men were named in the first lawsuit, filed by several victims in April.

Lawsuits filed over the summer, though, claim the abuse began in the 1990s. One suit, filed in state Superior Court in Bridgeport, claims Bemer sexually exploited a 16-year-old boy he met in Hartford in 1994, who had recently dropped out of high school.

The court filing states the boy, identified as Adam Doe, was abused by Bemer on numerous occasions, sometimes as often as twice a week, until the abuse ceased in 2014. The suit claims Bemer sexually exploited a 17-year-old boy in 1995.

Another lawsuit filed in Hartford, against Bemer and Trefzger, claims Bemer lured a young homeless man to a business he owned in Hartford — the New England Cycle Center — in 2015 and forced the youth to take part in “lewd sexual conduct.”

Bemer had threatened to expose the victim through blackmail and humiliation if the teenager revealed the abuse, the suit claims.

The attorney who filed that lawsuit, Gerald Sack, said all of the civil cases against Bemer, King and Trefzger are being consolidated in state Superior Court in Bridgeport, where a hearing is planned for Thursday.

Attorneys will contest a subpoena issued by the co-defendant’s counsel seeking the victims’ medical records.

The victims’ attorneys and the state attorney general’s office have filed objections to the subpoenas arguing the medical information is confidential.

While 15 young men are identified as victims of the trafficking ring in arrest warrant affidavits, lawyers for some of the victims claim hundreds of men could have been abused by the co-defendants.

Bemer and King are scheduled to appear Wednesday for a pretrial hearing on the criminal charges in state Superior Court in Danbury.

Trefzger is expected to appear in court on Dec. 1.

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