Jury finds F. Leon Wilson guilty on two of three counts in sex abuse trial



The jury found F. Leon Wilson guilty on two of three counts of gross sexual imposition on Friday.

The judge granted the defense's request of continuing bond for Wilson until sentencing.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 29 at 3:00 p.m.


Wilson himself took the stand in his own defense Friday morning. He proclaimed his innocence and gave a detailed description of how he interacts with his students while teaching chess. Wilson’s defense team brought in a table to allow Wilson to demonstrate where he positions himself while teaching multiple children.

Wilson told the court he never touched the two alleged victims in this case, who at the time, were ages 4 and 7. When asked by prosecutors if they were lying about the allegations, he stated he didn’t like to be so harsh with the terminology, but yes.

On Thursday, the 7-year-old victim, who is now 8, told the court how Wilson touched her “waist-area” inappropriately. A diagram showing a female’s body was shown to the child, who verified her “waist-area” is her groin. She also alleged for the first time that Wilson touched her on two separate occasions.

Meanwhile, the girl’s parents took the stand and their daughter felt ashamed and guilty of the alleged incident, saying “It only happened once.” The girl told the court Wilson asked her if he could touch her and she agreed.

Closing arguments in the case are expected to begin shortly. After that, the judge will give jurors their instructions on how to deliberate.

This is Wilson’s second trial. A decision could not be agreed upon after the first trial in February. He is charged with three counts of gross sexual imposition and, if convicted, could spend up to 21 years in prison.

Follow 10TV reporter Bryant Somerville, who is in the courtroom, for the latest updates on Twitter at @Bryant10TV.

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