August 26, 2014 8:28 pm -

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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10 responses to Republican Iowa Mayor Resigns After Charges Of Sexually Abusing Two Young Girls

  1. tiredoftea August 26th, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    So, these fringe idiots just can’t decide whether to do something stupid with guns or molest children. Tough choice when you’re a compassionate conservative.

    • Tommy6860 August 26th, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      Hey, that sounds like a good campaign ad.

      • tiredoftea August 26th, 2014 at 10:28 pm

        Yes, “I haven’t molested your children” has a winning ring to it!

    • DaddyO_969 August 27th, 2014 at 11:53 am

      He could have molested them with guns…

      • tiredoftea August 27th, 2014 at 11:58 am

        So, he can add his great restraint as another reason to vote for him!

  2. Guy Lauten August 26th, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Hey Reince… How’s that “re-branding” thingy workin’ for ya’?

  3. R J August 27th, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Right wingers are pro family,and pro rape of children,in other words right wingers have a pro southern midset

  4. RioBravoHombre August 27th, 2014 at 12:41 am

    This can be filed under,”Stories Fox News will NEVER speak of on the air.”

  5. raincheck August 27th, 2014 at 5:56 am

    “The Oelwein City Council on Monday approved Manus’ resignation, which he issued through his attorney on Friday”
    Chances are.. if you issue your resignation, through an Attorney…You’ve made a serious vocational error..

  6. Jake August 27th, 2014 at 7:07 am

    I hope he gets charged with impersonating a priest.