Former Priest Guilty of Lesser Charges in Sex Case
July 4, 2013
The Rev. Charles Robert "Bob" Manning was acquitted Wednesday evening of charges that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old boy and of child porn counts but found guilty of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The jury announced the verdict in the 4th Judicial District Court.
Formerly the pastor at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church in Colorado Springs, Manning was accused of coaxing the boy into a series of sex acts during a booze- and pot-fueled encounter in the fall of 2011. He retired in May 2012 when the allegations became public, and after posting $10,000 bond, he obtained a judge's permission to move into a home for retired priests in the St. Louis area.
Manning was suspended from the church in January and arrested in May. In October, he pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with the allegations. The Gazette