Former Priest Pleads "Not Guilty" To Molestation


A Catholic priest in Colorado Springs accused of having sexual contact with a teenager pleaded not guilty to all charges Friday.

Charles Robert Manning, who turned himself in on May 22, has been charged with three counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, two counts of sexual exploitation of children, and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He is accused of molesting a 15-year-old boy, as well as providing him with marijuana and alcohol.

Allegations first emerged in January, and Manning was temporarily suspended from his position at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church during the police investigation. He is currently bonded out of jail, but no longer with the church.

Manning's trial is scheduled to begin March 4.