Chess teacher sentenced to two years |

Chess teacher sentenced to two years

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The author of the “Chess for Juniors” book series books and founder of a club of the same name has been sentenced to two years in jail and 10 years of intensive supervised probation after pleading guilty to sexual assault on a child.Robert Snyder, 51, also must register as a sex offender and may not have contact with anyone under 18.Snyder was sentenced Wednesday. He was accused in 2003 of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy and two 13-year-old boys.He pleaded guilty in January to felony sexual assault on a child and misdemeanor unlawful sexual contact.Snyder, a former Western U.S. Chess Champion, taught chess to children ages 5 to 17 at his home in Fort Collins and accompanied children to chess tournaments across the country.According to his Web site, Snyder’s Chess for Juniors program has introduced more than 170,000 young people to the game, and his students have won first place 36 times in championship sections at the National Scholastic chess competition.He moved to Colorado from California in 2000.

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