A new trial is scheduled for a Columbus chess teacher whose first trial on child sex-abuse charges ended in a hung jury in Delaware County.

A new trial is scheduled for a Columbus chess teacher whose first trial on child sex-abuse charges ended in a hung jury in Delaware County.

F. Leon Wilson, 62, of Columbus is charged with three counts of gross sexual imposition and will be tried June 6 in proceedings that likely will include similar evidence and witnesses, said Kyle Rohrer, Delaware County first assistant prosecutor.

The original case ended in a stalemate March 1 with at least two jurors unable to issue a guilty verdict after more than 12 hours of deliberation, according to a juror who was interviewed after the mistrial was declared.

Attorneys from both sides questioned the jurors afterward to determine what they might have done differently.

The case was built around the testimony of two girls, ages 4 and 7, who claimed that Wilson had touched their genitals over their clothing last April during after-school chess lessons at a Lewis Center preschool and a Bexley elementary school in April.

He said publicity from the first trial should not cause problems in selecting a new jury.

"Pre-trial publicity doesn't cause a problem in the case unless it's prejudicial against one side or another," Rohrer said.

"If there's something that they heard that is inadmissible in court ... then that would excuse the juror."

Despite reservations among attorneys and parents, testimony from the children will again be needed.

"You never want to put a child through that," Rohrer said, "and you certainly don't want to do it twice."

Wilson founded the Chess Learning Center in the mid 1990s. It was renamed KnightMare Chess Club, which has taught students in at least 16 local public and private schools.

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