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NE Iowa Mayor Arrested for Sex with Minor Girls

Jason Manus. Photo from Fayette Co. Sheriff

The mayor of Oelwein has been arrested for allegedly having sexual contact with young girls.

36 year old Jason Manus of Oelwein was taken into custody today (Monday) at his home; he was arrested on a warrant charging him with five counts of sexual abuse in the second degree. Bond was set at $125,000.

Mayor Manus’ home. Photo from Fayette co. Sheriff

Manus’ arrest was the result of a month-long investigation, in which two juvenile girls reported that they had been sexually assaulted in Oelwein.

The investigating revealed that in July and August of 2010, Manus allegedly sexually abused a 14 year old, four times, and a 9 year old, once. According to the Fayette County Sheriff, due to the statute of limitations, some of the crimes discovered, could not be filed; but under Iowa law, a minor victim has 10 years after reaching their 18th birthday, to report a sexual abuse incident.

Anyone with more information on the case is asked to contact the Fayette County Sheriff; it is an ongoing criminal investigation, and more charges could be filed.

The sheriff was assisted by the Department of Human Services, and the case will be prosecuted by the Iowa Attorney General’s office.

If convicted of all of the charges filed, Manus could receive up to 125 years in prison, and placed on the sex offender registration.


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