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Ex-Del. Candidate Makes Bail on Child Sex Charges

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DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- A former state Senate candidate charged with repeatedly molesting a young boy more than two decades ago is out on bail, one day after his arrest.

Fifty-three-year-old Eric Bodenweiser was released Tuesday from Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown after posting $250,000 secured bail.

Bodenweiser will be monitored through a GPS unit while awaiting trial. He was arrested Monday following a Sussex County grand jury indictment charging him with 39 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and 74 counts of unlawful sexual contact involving acts allegedly committed between October 1987 and August 1990.

Delaware State Police began investigating Bodenweiser several weeks ago.

After winning the GOP primary, the tea party-backed Bodenweiser suspended his campaign for the 19th District Senate seat Oct. 12. He 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.

Bodenweiser did not immediately return a message left on his cellphone.

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