Bodenweiser’s sentence: Supervised probation

GEORGETOWN – Supervised probation – but no prison time – is the sentence for former State Senate candidate Eric Bodenweiser.

In Sussex County Superior Court Friday morning, Judge E. Scott Bradley sentenced Bodenweiser to a one-year prison (Level 5) but suspended that sentence to one year of Level 3 supervised probation.

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Former State Senate candidate Eric Bodenweiser, who pleaded no contest to two counts of third-degree unlawful sexual contact in in March, on Friday was sentenced to supervised probation.


Bodenweiser, 56, of Georgetown, was ordered to register as a Tier 1 sex offender and have no contact with the victim and no unsupervised contact with minors.

Bodenweiser, accused of molesting a young boy more than two decades ago, had pleaded no contest to two counts of third-degree unlawful sexual contact in March.

He could have faced up to two years in prison and a fine, according to Department of Justice spokesman Carl Kanefsky.

Authorities had accused Bodenweiser of molesting a boy, then 10 years old at the time, between October 1987 and August 1990.

When arrested in October 2012, Bodenweiser initially faced more than 100 counts of unlawful sexual contact and intercourse.

The no contest plea, secured by Deputy Attorneys General David Hume and John Donahue, resolved a case that previously resulted in a mistrial in June 2014 when the jury was unable to render a verdict of guilt or innocence.

Bodenweiser’s arrest in October 2012 came just over a month after he defeated 19th Senate District incumbent Joseph Booth in the Republican primary 19th.

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