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Questioning Continues in Bodenweiser Trial

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - Testimony continued Wednesday from a man who says he was molested as a boy by a former Delaware state Senate candidate. 

The defense attorneys for 37-year-old Eric Bodenweiser claim the facts keep changing with the accuser's testimony from one interview to the next. Bodenweiser is facing 14 counts of first degree "unlawful sexual intercourse," as well as 14 counts of second-degree "unlawful sexual contact," after a now 37-year-old man accused him of molestation in the late 1980s. 

The accuser made the initial allegation during Bodenweiser's 2012 run for state senate. In these allegations, he said he was raped by Bodenweiser five times from 1987 to 1989, when he was between the ages of 10 and 12, and Bodenweiser was in his 20s. 

For the last week, the jury has heard heart-wrenching testimony from the accuser, who gave a detailed and graphic description of his alleged abuse. On Wednesday, the accuser's third day of testimony, the defense said that holes were starting to form in his story. Bodenweiser's attorneys said an account of the molestation given on May 25th by the accuser was far different from the initial one on October of 2012. 

Joe Hurley, Bodenweiser's attorney, referenced notes from the May 25th interview, which he said indicated the accuser changed his account from the initial testimony in regards to what sex act took place on which day. Hurley said he only received this contradictory testimony on Monday morning when he came in to court. 

"This was totally unanticipated because he departed so mightily from his original statement in October that now I have to point out how night and day it is," Hurley said. "I have my whole cross examination set that I haven't even started yet."

When questioned about the inconsistencies, the alleged victim told the jury that since making the allegation, he's had time to talk with friends and family about the abuse. He said this has helped him recall some memories that he previously had lost. Nonetheless, he said he has been consistent with the type of sex acts that took place, saying that he "did not recall" the comments Hurley was referencing.

The state prosecutor's have not given a statement but have argued in court that the alleged victim is telling the truth, adding any inconsistencies are due to faulty memory. 

The accuser will take the stand once again Thursday morning for the fourth time this week. 
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