FAIRFIELD — Sentencing was delayed Wednesday for the former longtime choir director for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, who was found guilty last month of 25 felony counts of performing lewd acts on a child.
Jim Manuel was arrested in 2012 after a former choir member told police she had a sexual relationship with Manuel that started in 2001 when she was 15. The illicit relationship ended in 2005 when the victim, then 19, found out Manuel had been married for three years.
The victim, now an adult, testified during Manuel’s jury trial that she went to police in 2012 after she discovered one of her friends had started engaging in phone sex with Manuel.
Judge R. Michael Smith ordered Manuel, who is in jail without bail, to return to court Sept. 12 for sentencing.
The delay arose after Manuel’s defense attorney told Smith he needed more time to make a written request for a new trial.
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