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Ex-chess master pleads guilty

http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20...TOMERSERVICE02

About two months after his capture in the Central American country of
Belize, former fugitive, convicted sex offender and chess master
Robert Snyder faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life
in prison after entering a guilty plea Friday.

The 55-year-old Snyder, who was convicted in 2007 after he admitted
victimizing his Fort Collins chess students, also faces having to
register as a sexually violent predator.

If Judge Dave Williams determines Snyder is given that label, police
in any community he moves to would be required to host a meeting
notifying the public about his presence in the area.

Snyder will be sentenced March 30.

Police say Snyder used his world-renowned status as a chess teacher to
gain families' trust and to assault his chess students. After his 2005
arrest and conviction in 2007, he served jail time and was released in
August 2008.

Upon his release, he was to report to his probation officer and begin
serving time on sex offender intensive supervision probation, or
SOISP.

Instead, Snyder fled the country and wasn't located until November
after the television show "America's Most Wanted" featured him on an
episode.

According to police, a parent at an elementary school in Belize saw
the show and tipped off law enforcement that a man matching Snyder's
description, known as Augustin Rio,s was teaching chess to children
through the school.

Before locating Snyder, police believed he might be trying to stay
active in chess, and Fort Collins police Sgt. Paul Wood said he
believed the fugitive was arrogant enough to continue to be around
children ages 10, 11 and 12, which were the ages of his victims in
Fort Collins.

Authorities in Belize arrested Snyder soon after the show aired, and
he was transported back to Larimer County last month. He's been held
on a $1.5 million bond since Dec. 19.

On Friday, Snyder pleaded guilty to a felony for failure to register
as a sex offender.

Williams will sentence Snyder to an indeterminate sentence - meaning
the Department of Corrections will decide if and when he is eligible
for parole - but Williams will be allowed to set a base number of
years Snyder has to serve in prison. That base number could be
anywhere between two and 12 years.

The judge also has the option of again sentencing Snyder to SOISP for
an indeterminate amount of time with a base of as many as 10 years and
a maximum of life.

As for the sexually violent predator status, Williams will decide if
Snyder is worthy of the label after he is subject to psychosexual and
sexually violent predator evaluations.

Williams in 2007 determined Snyder was not worthy of being labeled a
sexually violent predator, but prosecutor Cliff Riedel argued in court
Friday that circumstances have changed since then.

Riedel also said it is likely the parents of the victims from the 2005
case will speak at the sentencing hearing.

Snyder was a world-renowned chess teacher and player and had written
books on chess. Police say he used to charge about $40 per half hour
for people to play chess against him on the Internet.

In Belize, Snyder had changed his name to Augustin Rios, and news
reports in Belize indicate he had married a police officer after being
in the country for about a year.
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Ex-chess master pleads guilty

http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20...TOMERSERVICE02

About two months after his capture in the Central American country of
Belize, former fugitive, convicted sex offender and chess master
Robert Snyder faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life
in prison after entering a guilty plea Friday.

The 55-year-old Snyder, who was convicted in 2007 after he admitted
victimizing his Fort Collins chess students, also faces having to
register as a sexually violent predator.

If Judge Dave Williams determines Snyder is given that label, police
in any community he moves to would be required to host a meeting
notifying the public about his presence in the area.

Snyder will be sentenced March 30.

Police say Snyder used his world-renowned status as a chess teacher to
gain families' trust and to assault his chess students. After his 2005
arrest and conviction in 2007, he served jail time and was released in
August 2008.

Upon his release, he was to report to his probation officer and begin
serving time on sex offender intensive supervision probation, or
SOISP.

Instead, Snyder fled the country and wasn't located until November
after the television show "America's Most Wanted" featured him on an
episode.

According to police, a parent at an elementary school in Belize saw
the show and tipped off law enforcement that a man matching Snyder's
description, known as Augustin Rio,s was teaching chess to children
through the school.

Before locating Snyder, police believed he might be trying to stay
active in chess, and Fort Collins police Sgt. Paul Wood said he
believed the fugitive was arrogant enough to continue to be around
children ages 10, 11 and 12, which were the ages of his victims in
Fort Collins.

Authorities in Belize arrested Snyder soon after the show aired, and
he was transported back to Larimer County last month. He's been held
on a $1.5 million bond since Dec. 19.

On Friday, Snyder pleaded guilty to a felony for failure to register
as a sex offender.

Williams will sentence Snyder to an indeterminate sentence - meaning
the Department of Corrections will decide if and when he is eligible
for parole - but Williams will be allowed to set a base number of
years Snyder has to serve in prison. That base number could be
anywhere between two and 12 years.

The judge also has the option of again sentencing Snyder to SOISP for
an indeterminate amount of time with a base of as many as 10 years and
a maximum of life.

As for the sexually violent predator status, Williams will decide if
Snyder is worthy of the label after he is subject to psychosexual and
sexually violent predator evaluations.

Williams in 2007 determined Snyder was not worthy of being labeled a
sexually violent predator, but prosecutor Cliff Riedel argued in court
Friday that circumstances have changed since then.

Riedel also said it is likely the parents of the victims from the 2005
case will speak at the sentencing hearing.

Snyder was a world-renowned chess teacher and player and had written
books on chess. Police say he used to charge about $40 per half hour


Well he could move into an area where people like him, and worse, meet in
the big white building every day. He could move to Washington DC. Plenty
of preditors there, of all types.
for people to play chess against him on the Internet.

In Belize, Snyder had changed his name to Augustin Rios, and news
reports in Belize indicate he had married a police officer after being
in the country for about a year.



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