- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

OELWEIN, Iowa (AP) - Former Oelwein mayor Jason Manus is seeking a change in venue for his upcoming trial on sexual abuse charges.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1wSxPD2 ) that Manus’ attorney, Jeremy Thompson of Decorah, asked for the change, arguing that bias within the community and extensive media coverage would not allow Manus to get a fair trial in Fayette County.

The 36-year-old Manus is charged with five counts of second-degree sexual abuse. He is accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl in 2010. He has pleaded not guilty.

Manus was mayor of Oelwein until his resignation in August.

Manus’ trial is scheduled for April.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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