Chess coach testifies in sexual assault trial

DELAWARE, OH (WCMH)– Thursday marks the third day for a chess teacher on trial for allegedly inappropriate touching of his students.

Freddy Leon Wilson, 62, is expected to take the stand Thursday in his own defense. But before that, jurors are hearing from a forensic interviewer who talked with a 4-year-old student who said Wilson touched her private area.

Wilson was charged with three counts of Gross Sexual Imposition in April before he was arrested at the Columbus Airport on his return from a chess tournament in Greece.

The crimes allegedly happened at both a private and public school in Delaware County and Bexley during 2015.

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Wilson was charged with three counts of Gross Sexual Imposition in April before he was arrested at the Columbus Airport on his return from a chess tournament in Greece.

On Wednesday the parents of Wilson’s alleged second victim, a 7-year-old girl testified about questioning their daughter after they heard about Wilson’s arrest. “We got a text saying Coach Wilson had been arrested,” the father said.

Initially her father said they were supportive of Wilson and the allegations.

“When you asked her reaction if she had ever been touched what did she say?” asked Assistant Delaware County Prosecutor Doug Dumolt.  “She put her head down on the table and started to cry, and said it happened once,” her father said. “The worst thing I thought could happen, happened,” he said.

Her mother said their daughter liked her chess coach and blames herself because she gave him permission to touch her.

The 4-year-old told interviewer Emily Combs the chess coach allegedly touched her one time, pointing to her private area. She said, “he wanted to make me feel good.”

An alternate juror passed a note to Delaware County judge Everett Krueger on Wednesday admitting to working with the father of the 7-year-old. She was excused. The 12-person jury still has one alternate and could begin deliberations as soon as Friday.

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