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Former priest found not guilty of sexual assault on a child

By Chris Loveless, Digital Content Director , c.loveless@krdo.com
Published On: Jul 03 2013 06:42:41 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 03 2013 07:18:42 PM CDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

A former Colorado Springs priest has been found not guilty of sexual assault on a child.

Father Charles Manning, 78, used to be the pastor at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church

Manning was accused of sexually assaulting a child who was interested in joining the Catholic Church in 2011.

During the trial, Manning's former executive assistant said Manning gave the victim private classes, but said she never noticed anything inappropriate about the relationship.

A Catholic Victim's Assistance coordinator testified that Manning forced the victim to dance and perform sex acts on him.

Manning was suspended from the Colorado Springs church after the accusations surfaced.

The jury convicted Manning of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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