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Updated: Opening Statements Under Way in Former Candidate's Sex Abuse Trial

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP/WBOC)- A prosecutor says a former Delaware state senate candidate charged with repeatedly molesting a boy more than 20 years ago admitted his guilt to his pastor.
Prosecutor David Hume told jurors Friday during opening statements in the trial of 55-year-old Eric Bodenweiser that Bodenweiser admitted his guilt in a conversation with his pastor in October 2012. But defense attorney Joe Hurley suggested to jurors that Bodenweiser was acknowledging only that he made a mistake in allowing the alleged victim to watch pornographic movies at his home.
Bodenweiser could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted on all the charges he faces. The charges include 14 counts each of unlawful sexual intercourse and unlawful sexual contact.
After winning over an incumbent in a 2012 GOP primary, the tea party-backed Bodenweiser dropped out of the race and was indicted a few days later.

Prosecutors allege that Bodenweiser committed the crimes between October 1987 and August 1990.

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