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UPDATE: Abuse complaints against Oelwein mayor released

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FAYETTE COUNTY (KWWL) - The criminal complaints against the Oelwein mayor have been released.

Jason Manus is accused of five counts of sexual abuse against two girls. The identities of the two females involved have been sealed by the court, and no contact orders have been filed.

Online court filings show a preliminary hearing for Oelwein mayor Jason Manus is scheduled for Aug. 20 at 11 a.m.

Bond is set at $25,000 for each count of sexual abuse.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Fayette County last week, the alleged abuse happened throughout the month of July in 2010.

In each reported incident, the victim stated being scared for her life and Manus threatened the victim to not tell anyone what he had done. Each reported incident included the forceful contact of a girl's private parts, against her will.

Read the full complaint (warning: graphic descriptions) here: http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/kwwl/Documents/manuscomplaint.pdf



Oelwein Mayor Jason Manus made his initial appearance at the Fayette County Courthouse Monday for five counts of sexual abuse in the second degree.

Jason Manus, age 36, was arrested Monday morning after a month-long investigation.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office says Manus sexually abused a 14-year-old four times and a 9-year-old once. These alleged incidents happened in July and August 2010.

“Due to the statute of limitations, some of the crimes founded could not be filed," the Fayette County Sheriff's Office said in a press release Monday. "However, under Iowa law, a minor victim has 10 years after reaching their eighteenth birthday to report a sexual abuse.”

Bond for Manus was set at $125,000.

Besides being Oelwein's mayor since Jan. 1, Manus also is a heavy equipment operator at International Union of Operating Engineers, according to his Facebook profile. He is originally from Connecticut and graduated high school in Glendale, Arizona.

If convicted of all charges, Manus could face up to 125 years in prison and be placed on the sex offender registration.

Oelwein City Administrator Jamie Letzring released the following statement:

"Recently the Fayette County Sheriff''s Department has filed a complaint in cooperation with the Iowa Attorney General's Office involving an elected public official with the City of Oelwein. At this time we are unaware of the details of the allegations. This investigation was not initiated nor conducted by the Oelwein Police Department.

"We understand these alleged events occurred several years ago, prior to Mr. Manus' time as an elected official. Please direct any questions regarding the investigation or allegations to the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.

"The Oelwein City Council, Administration would like to express our deepest concerns for those involved in today's development. Our dedicated employees will remain focused on improving our City and making positive change."

Adam Amdor contributed to this report.

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