Complaint: Manus assaulted 9-year-old in his home

Oelwein Mayor remains in custody at Fayette County Jail

By Lee Hermiston, The Gazette

Oelwein Mayor Jason Manus — accused of five counts of second-degree sexual abuse — abused at least one of his underage victims in his own home, authorities said.

Manus, 36, was arrested Monday and charged with the five Class B felonies, which each carry a sentence of up to 25 years in prison. The Fayette County Sheriff's Office accused Manus, mayor of Oelwein since January, of sexually assaulting two juvenile girls — 14 and 9 years old at the time — in July and August 2010.

Criminal complaints filed in the case indicate that Manus assaulted the 9-year-old girl in his home at 209 Sixth Ave. in Oelwein.

“This act placed the victim in fear for her life,” the complaint states.

Manus also threatened the young girl not to tell anyone what he had done, the document states.

According to the four complaints relating to the 14-year-old victim, Manus made similar statements to her.

Careful to protect both the identity of the victims and the integrity of the case, Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher said he could not comment on if — or how — Manus knew the alleged victims or if all the crimes took place at his residence.

“I can advise you it occurred in the city of Oelwein,” Fisher said.

The sheriff's department was alerted to the alleged abuse by the Department of Human Services. Fisher said he could not comment on how Manus' came to be the suspect in the sexual abuse.

“It's part of the investigation,” he said.

Manus remains in custody at the Fayette County Jail on a $125,000 bond. According to online court records, his request for a court-appointed attorney was denied and a no contact order has been issued.

l Comments: (319) 398-8238; lee.hermiston@thegazette.com

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