NOT GUILTY: Jason Manus found not guilty in sex abuse trial - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

NOT GUILTY: Jason Manus found not guilty in sex abuse trial

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -

A former Oelwein mayor was acquitted of second-degree sexual abuse of a 9-year-old Friday.

A Bremer County jury returned after deliberating for just hours Friday on whether Jason Manus was guilty of sexually abusing a 9-year-old.

Jason Manus was on trial for second-degree sexual assault for the second time. A jury was deadlocked the first time.

The victim told police the abuse allegedly happened in 2012.

Manus took the stand in his own defense, saying the allegations were made up and in retaliation for when he started investigating misappropriation of funds within city departments.

Lauren Moss contributed to this report.

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