Chess Instructor Pleads Not Guilty To Sexual Abuse Charges

Chess Instructor Pleads Not Guilty To Sexual Abuse Charges (Image 1)


The Delaware Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson said F. Leon Wilson met his bond requirements and was released from jail. One of  his bond requirements by the court is to not have any contact with children.

Deputies in Delaware County say three victims have come forward in the sexual abuse case against a chess instructor, and worry there could be more. 61-year-old F. Leon Wilson is now being accused of sexually assaulting three very young victims, according to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office. At least one is 4 years old, and the others are 7 and 13.

“We are working with Columbus Police Department and they have a prior complaint that they are reinvestigating at this time,” said Detective Jason Campbell with the Delaware County Sheriff’s office.
Wilson was arraigned Friday, and pleaded not guilty to gross sexual imposition charges. He was issued a bond of $250,000.

Deputies said all the victims were under the age of 13, and were being instructed in chess by Wilson. Wilson is charged with the assaults in a school safety zone, so the prosecution says he faces at least a  two year sentence on each count. So far, he is just being charged with assaulting the 4-year-old victim, not the other two girls.

“We can confirm that we have another victim of Mr .Wilson from Bexley police. They have recently obtained a complaint from parents of another juvenile, again alleging sexual assault to their daughter,” Campbell said.

Wilson has no prior record before these accusations, according to investigators. But Columbus police have reopened an investigation from 2005 involving a then 13-year-old girl.

Franklin County officials are allowing the Delaware County Prosecutor to handle the case, even though one victim is from Columbus and the other Bexley.

Wilson will be back in court on July 14 at 8:30 a.m.

If you have any information you would like to share with investigators, you can call Detective Campbell at 740-833-2837.
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