- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

WEST UNION, Iowa (AP) - A pretrial conference has been delayed for a former Iowa mayor accused of sexual abuse.

The Sioux City Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1mHZmFK ) the date for Jason Manus’ pretrial conference was pushed back from Monday to Oct. 13 because his defense attorney died earlier this month. His trial is scheduled to begin on Oct. 22.

Court records do not indicate whether a new lawyer has been assigned to defend Manus.

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.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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