A jury of seven women and five men will serve for the trial of former Delaware state Senate candidate Eric Bodenweiser.
Opening statements and testimony will begin at 9 a.m., Friday, May 30, in Delaware Superior Court in Georgetown. Judge E. Scott Bradley said the trial is expected to take two weeks.
Bodenweiser is accused of 14 counts of first-degree unlawful sexual intercourse and 14 counts of second-degree unlawful sexual contact with a boy more than 20 years ago in Sussex County. Bodenweiser had originally been charged with 113 counts, but defense attorney Joe Hurley said the number of counts were reduced because the law has changed since the time the crimes allegedly took place October 1987 and August 1990, starting when the victim was 10 years old.
Hurley said the case will be prolonged by testimony from a large number of witnesses and numerous legal issues to be resolved. Hurley said the prosecution’s star witness will begin testimony Friday.
Deputy Attorney Generals David Hume and John Donahue declined to comment on the case.
Jury selection began May 27, and after a day off Wednesday, concluded May 29. Once the jury was settled, Bradley read the charge and rules for the trial, which include no discussion of the case with each other, friends and family or the news media.
Bodenweiser had won the Republican primary for Georgetown’s 19th Senatorial District seat in 2012, defeating incumbent Joe Booth. However, he withdrew his candidacy after being indicted by a grand jury. Bodenweiser has maintained his innocence and has been free on bail since October 2012.
The seat Bodeweiser ran for was eventually won by Republican and former Georgetown Mayor Brian Pettyjohn.