Republican Iowa Mayor Resigns After Charges Of Sexually Abusing Two Young Girls
Republican Iowa Mayor Jason Manus has resigned from office after being charged with sexually abusing two children ages 9 and 14. The Oelwein City Council on Monday approved Manus’ resignation, which he issued through his attorney on Friday, according to The Des Moines Register.
[su_center_ad]“I think there was a collective sigh of relief in the community,” Larry Murphy, said a former longtime Oelwein mayor who lost to Manus in last November’s city election. “Candidly, some people were concerned he was just bullheaded enough to stay in the job.”
According to State prosecutors, Manus, on five different occasions, grabbed one of the girls and fondled her while holding his hand over her mouth in order to prevent the child from calling for help.
According to the Register, the incidents allegedly occurred in July 2010.
The Iowa attorney general’s office is prosecuting the case after Fayette County Attorney Wayne Saur recused himself because he donated $100 to Manus’ election campaign
The Des Moines Register reports:
Manus was arrested Aug. 11. He was released last week on supervised bond and is being monitored via an ankle bracelet.
Murphy expressed concern about Manus’ release.
Manus “lives close to a school and a city park,” Murphy said. “I guess they’ve got monitoring on him, but it’s too close for my comfort.”
The Oelwein City Council set a special meeting for Thursday to discuss how to replace Manus, said Jamie Letzring, Oelwein city administrator.
“It’s either a special election or appoint someone,” Letzring said of officials’ options. “I couldn’t speculate which direction the council would go.”
Manus’ arrest earlier this month brought unwanted attention to the Fayette County city of about 6,400.
“It feels like a punch to the stomach,” Sally Falb, Oelwein’s economic development director, has said.
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