Former Trainer Pleads Not Guilty to Sexually Abusing Teen Client

Robert Theodore pleads not guilty in DuPage County to charges he sexually abused a 16-year-old boy in a hot tub in Warrenville, the Daily Herald reports.

A former fitness trainer charged pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he sexually abused a boy in a hot tub at a Warrenville fitness center, the Daily Herald reports.

Robert Theodore, 60, of Woodridge was charged last month with three counts of aggravated sexual abuse, Class 2 felonies, according to DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin. If Theodore is found guilty he faces up to seven years in prison.

Theodore had inappropriate sexual contact with the Naperville minor, then 16, on a number of occasions, according to a news release from Berlin’s office. The abuse allegedly took place at Theodore’s home, the boy’s home and at a local gym where he would train the boy, according to the release.

Theodore worked at Life Time Fitness in Warrenville as a track/triathlon trainer. He now works for a wealth management firm in Naperville, according to the Herald.

The arrest was the result of a seven-month investigation regarding reports that Theodore was having inappropriate contact with minors, according to a news release from the Naperville Police Department. In addition, it is further alleged that Theodore bought expensive gifts for the boy, such as specialized sports equipment, clothing and electronics.  

Theodore was actively training area track and cross country athletes, according to the Naperville Police Department.

Theodore, a former track coach at Lisle High School, pleaded guilty in the 1980s to attempted molestation of a 12-year-old boy he met through a youth mentoring program in Arizona, according to the Daily Herald.

As a condition of Theodore’s bond, he was ordered last month to submit to GPS monitoring and have no contact with the victim or anyone under the age of 18.

Theodore is free on a $25,000 bond and is scheduled to return to court Nov. 20, court records show.



Keep up with local news: Sign up for our daily email newsletter then, like us on Facebook for a slightly different take.

Joe Fruzyna October 17, 2012 at 03:38 PM
WTF?! We knew what type of person he was in the 80's and he continued to be able to work with children?
Terrill Cumberland October 18, 2012 at 01:50 PM
this is why anyone in a position of authority (i.e. control) over a child should have a backround investigation done, this should be a law, he had a job at Lisle High School, they didn't do a backround on him until there were suspicions raised, then they fired him
AUSPICIOUS ! October 31, 2012 at 02:36 AM
What ashame, OMG... yearly backgrounds checks should be done
Dave K November 30, 2012 at 05:58 AM
I had a bad feeling about this guy in the 70s.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »