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Updated: Alleged Victim Testifies in Del. Sex Abuse Trial

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Eric Bodenweiser (Photo: WBOC File) Eric Bodenweiser (Photo: WBOC File)
GEORGETOWN, Del. (WBOC/AP)- A man who says he was molested as a boy by a former Delaware state Senate candidate says the abuse left him scared and confused at a time he was looking for encouragement and a male figure to bond with.
   
The 37-year-old man testified Monday in the trial of 55-year-old Eric Bodenweiser, who is charged with 14 counts each of unlawful sexual intercourse and unlawful sexual contact. If convicted, Bodenweiser could spend the rest of his life in prison.
   
The alleged victim told jurors that Bodenweiser forced him to engage in oral and anal sex over a period spanning 1987 and 1990, starting when he was 10.
   
The man, who did not look at Bodenweiser during his testimony, said he did not want to tell anyone about the abuse, even his parents, for years, because he felt scared and embarrassed.

"I couldn't understand why it kept happening and why he wanted me to do these things. I thought something was wrong with me," the man said.
 
Bodenweiser, with the support of tea party activists, won a 2012 GOP primary for a state Senate seat, defeating an incumbent lawmaker.

A short time later, his accuser called a local talk radio host with the molestation allegations.
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