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Former state Senate candidate Eric Bodenweiser indicted on child sex abuse charges

The former Republican candidate in the 19th district State Senate race has been indicted on 113 felony counts for allegedly sexually abusing a child.

The Delaware Attorney General’s office says a Sussex County grand jury issued an indictment charging 53 year old Eric Bodenweiser of Georgetown with 39 counts of first degree unlawful sexual intercourse and 74 counts of second-degree unlawful sexual contact.

The charges come after Delaware State Police investigated information it received that Bodenweiser sexually abused a child. The indictment charges Bodenweiser with sexually abusing a juvenile victim between October 1987 and August 1990.

Bodenwesier turned himself in, was arraigned and is in the Sussex Correctional Institution. His bail is set at $250,000. If he posts bail, he will be monitored by GPS device and be subject to pre-trial supervision by Probation and Parole.

Bodenwieser first suspended, then ended his campaign last week for personal reasons. He defeated incumbent Joe Booth in the September Republican primary.

The Delaware Republican Party last week threw its support to former Georgetown mayor Brian Pettyjohn’s write in candidacy for the 19th district senate seat. Democrat Jane Hovington is also seeking the seat.