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Bodenweiser Takes the Stand, Admits to Providing Porn to Accuser

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - On day 11 of trial, Eric Bodenweiser, the former state senate candidate accused of molesting a young boy in the 1980s took the stand for the first time. The surprise testimony was not the plan, as of Wednesday evening, but overnight, the defense team made the decision. 

In the moments before Bodenweiser took the stand, the number of viewers in the room literally tripled as dozens of people flocked to the courtroom.

On the stand Bodenweiser denied all sexual wrongdoing, although he admitted to showing adult movies to the young boy which he called a "horrible mistake."

Bodenweiser was questioned by his attorney Joe Hurley about various inconsistencies in the accuser's story. He listed 15 different accounts of molestation, many of which contradicted each other, asking Bodenweiser if they were true or false. To each one of the 15 accounts, he responded with an answer of "false".

Contradictions: 

Hurley questioned Bodenweiser about his daughter's education, citing a claim by the alleged victim that she had studied in the same school as him, Frankford Elementary. When asked about this, Bodenweiser told Hurley this was false, saying she went to Seaford Christian Academy. 

"She was never in that school..." he said of Frankford Elementary. "Never means never means never." 

Another major topic of discussion, referred to the "tanning bed incident." The alleged victim said that he had joined Bodenweiser in the master bedroom, which he claimed had a tanning bed in 1987. He said that in that room, he was molested by Bodenweiser. In court today though, Bodenweiser told the jury that the tanning bed was in the living room, and that it had never been in the bedroom. 

"It would never fit in there," he said about the tanning bed. 

Hurley presented photos of the room, which Bodenweiser described as far too small for a tanning bed. He also said that the tanning bed necessitated an outlet that was only available in the living room. He said there was no possible way for him to setup the device in the bedroom as the alleged victim had said. He also argued that the tanning bed was not purchased until years later. 

Provided Pornography: 

Despite maintaining his innocence, Bodenweiser did confess to the jury that he had provided the young boy with pornography in 1991, when he was 14 years old. He said it all started when the accuser broke into his home. 

"I came back in the house and went in the bedroom," he said. "And here was (the boy) in the bedroom looking at the Playboy." 

He said that he initially told the alleged victim to leave his home, but said eventually he allowed the boy to watch pornographic videos in his home. 

"I thought I'd show him," he said on the stand. "A horrible mistake." 

Bodenweiser, who was 32 years old in 1991 said that he allowed the boy to watch the videos three or four times before deciding it was inappropriate and telling the boy not to come back.

"I realized 'This is ridiculous,'" he told the jury. "'What am I doing? This isn't an adult theater.' So I told him not to come back."

The defense brought up the testimony of Duane Smith, the pastor who said that Bodenweiser had confessed to the crime in October, 2012. Bodenweiser said that he was admitting to the pornography incident, but said that he was not confessing to any molestation. 

State's Cross-Examination: 

The state responded with some harsh words for Bodenweiser. 
"Were you attracted to young men at the time," asked David Hume the Deputy Attorney General. 
To that question Bodenweiser said no. 

Hume showed records of Bodenweiser's Playboy subscription, as well as a purchase towards "Adam and Eve" in the late '80s, which he suggested was a sex shop. He also questioned why Bodenweiser would have allowed the young boy to watch pornography in the home. 

"It was on your own free will that you let a 14-year old watch porn in your home," he asked. 
Later Bodenweiser responded that "at the time," he had "used bad judgement." 
Before Bodenweiser took the stand, the defense also questioned Det. John King from the Delaware State Police and Beverly Ellis from the Department of Justice. They were questioned about a pair of meetings in May, in which the accuser seemed to have contradicted certain facts from his initial allegations in October, 2012. 

On Friday morning, closing arguments are expected to begin. Then the jury will be able to start deliberation. 
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