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Former Del. State Senate Candidate Arrested for Child Sex Abuse

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (WBOC/AP)- A Republican who recently dropped out of a Delaware Senate race for personal reasons has been indicted by a Sussex County grand jury on charges of child sexual abuse. 

According to the Delaware Department of Justice, the indictment against 53-year-old Eric Bodenweiser of Georgetown consists of 113 total counts, including 39 counts of first-degree unlawful sexual intercourse and 74 counts of second-degree unlawful sexual contact.

A spokesperson for the DOJ said the investigation began by Delaware State Police several weeks ago after police received information that Bodenweiser had sexually abused a child.  According to the indictment, Bodenweiser is charged with the sexual abuse of a boy under the age of 16 between October 1987 and August 1990.

Bodenweiser turned himself into DSP following the indictment.  He was arraigned in Superior Court and ordered held in the Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $250,000 secured bail. If Bodenweiser posts bail, Superior Court Judge E. Scott Bradley ordered he be monitored by GPS device and that he be subject to pre-trial supervision by the Department of Probation and Parole.

Bodenweiser notified state Republican Party Chairman John Sigler on Oct. 12 that he was suspending his campaign for the 19th District Senate seat. Bodenweiser formally dropped out of the race last week.
 
The Sussex County Republican Committee subsequently threw its support behind write-in candidate Brian Pettyjohn, Georgetown's former mayor and a former councilman.
 
Bodenweiser was a tea party-backed candidate whose supporters included former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell. He upset incumbent Sen. Joe Booth in the Republican primary.
 
Sigler said in a prepared statement Monday that because Bodenweiser is no longer a candidate for public office, the state GOP will have no further comment on the situation.

 

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