Pastor not guilty of indecent assault

Pastor Felix Manzanares was unanimously cleared of
indecently assaulting a woman at her West Bay home following a three-and-a-half
day trial that concluded in Grand Court on Thursday. 

It took a jury of four women and three men just under three
hours to reach a not guilty verdict. Manzanares, 26, cried tears of relief in
the dock as the verdict was announced, sharing hugs with his pastor and his lawyer
Keva Reid.

During the trial,
Manzanares, who is married, had accepted that he had made a moral failing when
he kissed the 41-year-old woman in December 2011. But he always maintained that
the kisses were mutual and that he had not fondled her, as she claimed.

The jury returned a unanimous not guilty verdict at 2:23 p.m. on Thursday.  

Read the full story in Monday’s edition of the Caymanian Compass.