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Chess Instructor Accused Of Raping Children

A chess instructor - who specializes in teaching children the game - was arrested and facing rape charges involving children. Read more.

UPDATE: There are additional allegations of sex crimes against a central Ohio chess instructor.

Investigators revealed that the number of alleged victims of F. Leon Wilson is growing.

Wilson was arraigned Friday on two counts of gross sexual imposition involving a 4-year-old girl he instructed in chess at the Prep Academy pre-school in Powell.

That is when prosecutors said that since his arrest last week; two additional accusers have come forward: a 7-year-old girl in Bexley and a Columbus girl who was 13 when she said Wilson abused her 10 years ago.

"All the victims involved in these cases have been under Mr. Wilson's supervision during chess lessons or while in the custody or care of Mr. Wilson,” said Delaware County Sheriff’s Detective Jason Campbell. “We have concerns that he's been teaching chess in the central Ohio area for quite a while, several years, and with these numerous allegations and potential additional victims there's certainly the chance that we could have more coming forward."

With that in mind, any parents who believe their children may have had questionable contact with Wilson, are asked to contact the Delaware County Sheriff's Office at (740) 833-2837 or jcampbell@co.delaware.oh.us.


Original Report - Monday, April 27:

A chess instructor is in jail facing rape charges involving a child.

Delaware County Sheriff's deputies arrested F. Leon Wilson, 61, last Thursday after a parent told them his daughter was inappropriately touched by Wilson

The Delaware County sheriff's office tells 10TV they had asked airport police to take F. Leon Wilson into custody while he was on the concourse. Airport police held him until Delaware County deputies could arrive to interview him.

Wilson faces one charge of rape and one charge of gross sexual imposition for an incident that allegedly occurred at the Prep Academy Schools Polaris Campus.

The school's website says it serves children ages 6 months to 6 years.

The girl's father told the sheriff's office that Wilson was a teacher who had inappropriately touched her.


Prep Academy Schools released the following statement Monday night:


Nothing is more important to us than providing a safe environment for our students. We recently became aware of an alleged incident involving an outside service provider and one of our students. A parent reported to the school that Mr. Wilson, who contracts directly with a few parents to teach their children chess in an after-school enrichment program, had inappropriately touched that parent’s child. 

As soon as we learned of this matter we immediately contacted the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department to offer our full cooperation and assistance. 

While we are aware that Mr. Wilson has been arrested, we do not know what if any formal charges will be formally pursued, nor are we privy to the status of the investigation.  In the meantime, we have suspended after-school chess classes indefinitely. 

We do everything in our power to ensure that every single person who comes into contact with our children is safe, trustworthy and beyond reproach. We regularly enlist the services of outside experts with extensive law enforcement experience, including experience with the U.S. Secret Service and the Crimes Against Children Task Force, to ensure that our security protocols are as strong as possible.  A thorough background check on the accused individual found no cause for concern.

Any questions regarding the investigation should be directed to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department. 

This is a difficult time for all of us at Prep Academy Schools.  We are taking great care in responding to this situation and our concerns are for our students, families and staff.  We are fully committed to a secure and safe environment for every member of our school community.

Wilson is an accomplished chess instructor who specializes in teaching children the game.

10TV went to his home to see if any family members would comment on his arrest, but no one answered the door.

Wilson is being held in the Delaware County Jail on a $500-thousand bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

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