Oelwein mayor resigns after sexual abuse charges

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Jason Manus photo from Fayette County Jail

An Iowa mayor accused of sexually abusing two girls has resigned.

Jason Manus, 36, was sworn in as mayor of Oelwein in January 2014.

Manus was arrested at his home August 11, 2014 after two girls reported being sexually abused by Manus in July and August 2010. The girls were 14 and 9 years old at the time of the alleged abuse. Manus was originally charged with five counts of second-degree sexual abuse.

At a bond review hearing Wednesday, August 20, four of the five counts against Manus were amended to third-degree sexual abuse. The amended charges also reduced Manus’ bond from a total of $125,000 to $65,000 according to the Cedar Falls Times.

Court records showed Manus was released from jail after he posted the amended $65,000 bond amount August 21.

Manus submitted a letter of resignation which the Oelwein City Council was scheduled to consider at their meeting Monday, August 25, 2014 according to KCRG.

Manus was next scheduled to appear in Fayette County Court for arraignment September 3. The court ordered him to have no contact with his alleged victims.