A Sussex County jury was unable to agree on a verdict on any of 15 sex-abuse charges against former state Senate candidate Eric Bodenweiser, so Judge E. Scott Bradley has declared a mistrial in the case.
The jury of eight women and four men deliberated for about two hours June 13 and about seven more hours June 16 before telling Bradley they could not reach a verdict.
The state now has the option to retry the case, drop the charges or offer a plea bargain. Defense attorneys said it could take several months for prosecutors to decide how to proceed.
Defense attorney Eric Mooney said Bodenweiser is in limbo right now; the charges against him remain in force until prosecutors decide how they intend to go forward.
Bodenweiser will continue under house arrest until that decision is made, Mooney said.
Bodenweiser's feelings toward the mistrial were lukewarm, Mooney said. His client had hoped he would be found not guilty and the matter would be ended.
"All things being said, he lives to fight another day," Mooney said.