The sexual abuse trial of former Oelwein mayor Jason Manus is about to begin.


The 36 year old Manus faces charges of second degree sexual abuse and third degree sex abuse, for having illicit contact with 2 young girls at an Oelwein home in 2010.

Following an investigation into the allegations, Manus was arrested in August of last year, and a few days later he resigned as Oelwein's mayor.

Manus has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The trial has been moved from Fayette County District Court in West Union, to Chickasaw County district court in New Hampton, on a change of venue request.

Jury selection began Monday, and was expected to continue today.