John Pettyjohn

Delaware Department of Justice

A once leading conservative leader in Delaware Eric Bodenweiswer has rejected a plea deal from prosecutors in a case involving charges of sexually abusing a boy.

Superior Court judge E. Scott Bradley has set the trial to begin Tuesday and expects it to last around a week.

The 55-year old Bodenweiser won the Republican primary for state senate in the Georgetown area in 2012.

But he stopped campaigning just before he was indicted.

He was replaced by Brian Pettyjohn who won the election.

Bodenweiser is charged with abusing a boy between 1987 and 1990.