Delaware primary winner pleads no contest in sex abuse case

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Posted: Mar 18, 2015 11:21 AM

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — A former candidate for Delaware's Senate accused of molesting a young neighbor more than 25 years ago has pleaded no contest to unlawful sexual contact.

Eric Bodenweiser entered the plea Wednesday in Sussex County Superior Court. It comes nine months after a judge declared a mistrial in the case when jurors could not agree on a verdict. A retrial had been scheduled for April in Kent County.

Bodenweiser was charged with multiple counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and unlawful sexual contact and could have been sentenced to life in prison if convicted.

The charges to which he pleaded no contest are punishable by up to one year each in prison.

Bodenweiser won a 2012 GOP primary for a state Senate seat but dropped out of the race before being indicted.