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BREMER COUNTY (KWWL) -

On Wednesday, jurors in the Jason Manus sexual assault trial heard from the alleged victim.

Manus is the former mayor of Oelwein and is accused of sexual assault in the 2nd degree.

The victim testified that she believes the abuse happened in 2012, but she didn't tell anyone until last year.

She says she was at Manus house looking for his daughter, her friend at the time, but she wasn't home. That's when she says Manus wouldn't let her leave, forced her on the couch, took off her pants and started touching her.

She told her family about this incident in the hospital after she tried to kill herself in 2014.

Fayette County Chief Deputy Jim Davis also took the stand Wednesday. He was the one who took the phone call about the incident from DHS and he was the one who arrested Manus at his home. 

“When you spoke to the defendant did you inform him of the complaint – had made?” said Assistant Attorney General Denise Timmins.

“Yes,” said Davis. 

“How did he respond to that?” asked Timmins.

“Very nonchalant, just OK, not upset or anything,” said Davis.

Manus says he is innocent and the victim is making this all up. He was the mayor of Oelwein for only eight months before resigning after his arrest in August. 

The state will call just a few more witnesses to the stand Thursday morning. Manus is expected to take the stand. 

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