Chessmaster accused of sex with teen girl

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The head of a local chess club is accused of soliciting a teenage girl online, and having sex with her.

David J. Harris, 60, is charged with indecent solicitation and third-degree sexual assault, according to Rhode Island State Police. Tuesday, he was arraigned and released on $10,000 surety bail, and ordered to not contact the alleged victim, and ordered to not have any access to the internet.

The girl had made contact with Harris on an online dating website, State Police Maj. Todd Catlow confirmed to

After talking for about two weeks — during which Harris told the girl not to tell anyone, because he was 58 — they eventually agreed to meet in person, according to a State Police affidavit.

The girl said Harris picked her up at her home in Foster, and drove her to his house in Providence, where he performed a sex act on her. He asked her not to tell anyone about it because of her age.

“Parents should really know who their children are talking to online,” said Catlow.

Catlow confirmed Harris is the head of the Blackstone Chess Club. State police have contacted several school departments regarding Harris’ possible involvement as a chess coach.

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