Teacher re-indicted after another victim comes forward


Another charge of gross sexual imposition has been brought against a former Columbus chess teacher after Delaware County prosecutors said another alleged victim came forward.

Freddy Leon Wilson, 61, of 2785 Castlewood Road, Columbus, was re-indicted Friday by a Delaware County grand jury after prosecutors spoke to another juvenile who said she was touched inappropriately by Wilson.

Wilson was already facing two charges of gross sexual imposition in connection with alleged incidents involving a 4-year-old girl.

“Since the original indictment, another victim has come forward alleging abuse at the hands of Wilson,” said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien. “This report and subsequent investigation has resulted in an additional charge of gross sexual imposition.”

The charges carry specifications that the alleged crimes occurred in a school zone. If he is convicted, the specifications could add time to any prison sentence.

Wilson on May 1 pleaded not guilty to two charges of gross sexual imposition, which are third-degree felonies. An arraignment for the new charge of gross sexual imposition has not yet been scheduled.

Delaware County Common Pleas Judge Everett Krueger set Wilson’s bond at $250,000 and stipulated that the whole amount be required, not the typical 10 percent. The bond also required that Wilson have no contact with children or minors and that he surrender his passport.

The original charges stem from statements made by a 4-year-old girl.

Kyle Rohrer, first county assistant prosecuting attorney, told Krueger that the original charges were based on statements taken from a 4-year-old student at Prep Academy Schools’ Polaris Campus, where Wilson taught chess. Rohrer said the girl told investigators that Wilson touched her clothed private areas twice between March 31 and April 7, 2015.

Wilson was arrested on April 23 at the Columbus airport when he returned from a chess tournament in Greece.

Wilson is scheduled to stand trial on Oct. 10 in Krueger’s courtroom.

Court documents say Wilson is currently out of jail on bond while he awaits his trial.


By Glenn Battishill

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Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 on Twitter @BattishillDG

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