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Former Oelwein mayor found not guilty of sexual abuse

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NEW HAMPTON (KWWL) -

A former eastern Iowa mayor was found not guilty of sexual abusing a 14-year-old girl, and a mistrial was declared on another count Tuesday.

The verdict came in Tuesday in the case involving former Oelwein mayor Jason Manus.

The jury found Manus not guilty of third-degree sexual abuse of the 14-year-old, but the judge declared a mistrial in the count of second-degree sexual abuse after a deadlocked jury. 

The case was brought to Chickasaw County, where jurors decided his fate on both counts.

"My client is obviously happy with the jury's decision on count two," said Jeremy Thompson, Manus's attorney. 

As for the second-degree charge involving a 9-year-old, the jury came to the judge twice expressing they were deadlocked.

That's when the judge decided on a mistrial.

Now the prosecution has until August to try Manus on the second-degree sexual abuse charge.

"As for count one, we respect the jury's decision and the difficulty in evaluating the evidence," said Thompson. "My client will continue to assert his innocence with regard to count one, and we look forward to resolving that matter so he can move on with his life and put this horrible experience behind him."

As far as the prosecution's plans to re-try Manus on the second-degree sexual abuse charge in which there was a mistrial, they gave a "no comment" to KWWL.

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