Father Charles "Robert" Manning.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A retired Roman Catholic priest has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he engaged in sexual acts with a 15-year-old boy in Colorado Springs.
Charles Robert Manning pleaded not guilty Friday to three counts of sex assault on a child by one in a position of trust and two counts each of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and sexual exploitation of children.
The Gazette reports Manning is accused of molesting the boy while serving at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church in 2007. He also is accused of giving the boy alcohol and marijuana.
Manning was placed on leave in January and was arrested in May.
He lives in a home for retired priests in St. Louis.
Trial is set for March 4.
Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com
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