A trial in the sexual abuse case involving a former Manhattan restaurant owner likely won’t happen until early next year.

At a Monday status hearing, Riley County Judge Kendra Lewison granted defense attorneys for Bob Iacobellis until mid-December to review the more than 2,000 pages of Department for Children and Families records tied to the case. Attorneys Lora Ingels and Brenda Jordan are both preparing for a trial outside of Riley County and have not had adequate time to review the DCF documents as a result.

Riley County Attorney Barry Wilkerson noted his office has also received word of a number of trials to begin in early December and did not object to delaying a status hearing in the case.

Iacobellis was arrested in August 2019. He’s charged with 26 counts of sexual abuse involving three minors.

Lewison set the next status hearing for 2:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and stated she’ll be prepared to possibly to set trial dates, noting a minimum five-day setting would be likely due to COVID restrictions on the courts.

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