Former state Senate candidate charged for refusing to open up at therapy after sex abuse case

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GEORGETOWN, Delaware — A former state Senate candidate who was sentenced to a year of probation for unlawful sexual contact has been charged with violating probation by not speaking candidly about his past.

The News Journal of Wilmington ( ) reports that 56-year-old Eric Bodenweiser has been accused of not talking openly about his past, both in a lie detector test and mandatory group therapy sessions.

Bodenweiser's defense attorney Joseph Hurley says his client is asserting his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination to avoid the possibility of committing perjury in discussing the acts that led to his conviction.

Counselor Robert Gingrich, who treats sex offenders, says taking a polygraph test is a necessary part of the treatment process.

Bodenweiser pleaded no contest in March to two misdemeanor counts of third-degree unlawful sexual contact.

Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware,

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