Bond Set at $250,000 for Trainer Accused of Sexually Abusing Athletes

The Woodridge man works as a track and triathlon trainer at Life Time Fitness in Warrenville and has been released on conditions that he wear a GPS monitor and have no contact with anyone under the age of 18.

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced Wednesday that bond has been set for a Woodridge man accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a male minor whom he had been training in track and field.

Robert Theodore, 60, of 3809 Hagen Court, Woodridge, appeared in Bond Court Wednesday morning where Judge Elizabeth Sexton set bond at $250,000 with 10 percent to apply.

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Theodore posted the required $25,000 to secure his release Wednesday morning.  As part of the conditions of his bond, Theodore was ordered to submit to GPS monitoring and have no contact with the victim or anyone under the age of 18.

Theodore works as a track/triathlon trainer at Lifetime Fitness in Warrenville. He faces three counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, Class 2 Felonies punishable by up to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

It is alleged that beginning when the victim was 16 years old, Theodore had inappropriate contact with his victim on several occasions. The abuse allegedly occurred at Theodore’s home, the victim’s home and at a local gym where he would train the boy. It is further alleged that Theodore bought expensive gifts for his victim such as a specialized bicycle, clothing and an iTouch.

“The allegations against Mr. Theodore are sickening,” Berlin said in a statement to the press. “The relationship between an athlete and their trainer is built on trust and a desire to bring out the best in the athlete. It is alleged that through his actions, Mr. Theodore cared nothing about his young victim and destroyed the trust his victim had placed in him to satisfy his own despicable desires. I would like to thank this young man for having the courage to come forward. I would also like to thank the Naperville Police Department, particularly Investigator Richard Wistocki for their outstanding work on this case as well as Assistant State’s Attorney Ann Celine O’Hallaren for her efforts and continued work in prosecuting those who would prey on our children.”

Theodore’s next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 15, 2012 in front of Judge Blanche Fawell for arraignment. Anyone with further information regarding Mr. Theodore is asked to please contact Investigator Richard Wistocki at the Naperville Police Department at (630) 305-5384 or the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office at (630) 407-8000.

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

*The above was a media announcement from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.

Naperville Mom September 17, 2012 at 11:25 PM
No, this is absolutely NOT a by product of gay acceptance. There is the exact same distinction between "heterosexual" and "pedophile", as there is between "homosexual" and "pedophile". Sexual contact between any 60 year old and any 16 year old, is a crime.
Albert Gazalooch September 18, 2012 at 03:14 PM
My point is merrily to illustrate the progressive erosion of our morality. What was once taboo has become socially and politically acceptable today. Let's revisit my comment 30 years from now shall we? For the record... I do NOT endorse what this man is accused of nor to I endorse gay civil unions or marriages. Does this make me insensitive?
mlnultra September 19, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Morality! Please, your posts do no such thing... However, your second post shows that it SEEMS to you that there has been an erosion of morality. How this article or homosexuality is evidence of this seeming moral erosion isn't clear though. Homosexuality has ALWAYS existed, it is not a by product of our culture, or an aberration of humanity. And, since it has ALWAYS existed, does this then mean that there has ALWAYS been an erosion of morals? Just because society used to ostracize homosexuality doesn't mean that it should keep on ostracizing homosexuality. It doesn't matter if the individual chooses to be, or is by nature, gay, in no way does their existence threaten the fabric of society. If homosexuality did threaten the fabric of society, considering how long it has existed, I'm not sure there would be any society left to talk about. Or, are you here going to blame the worst atrocities in mankind's history on the progressive inertia of equal rights for gays? There will always be others to procreate. Your distaste for being aware of homosexuality is not reason enough to justify limiting their civil rights. However your posts not only indicate a distaste, but also a lack of tolerance and self-acceptance, and a rigidly held yet muddled worldview. If you want to make this world better, remember that you yourself are a part of the whole, and that by improving yourself you are thereby improving the whole.
Naperville Mom September 19, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Amen to author Minultra. Mr. Gazalooch I will gladly revisit your post in 30 years, I am confident that Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse will still be a felony. Hopefully, ignorance will have waned.
Lee Meuch September 20, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Albert Gazalooch---what story were you reading to come to your conclusion that this behavior is becoming socially and politically acceptable? This guy is facing "three counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, Class 2 Felonies punishable by up to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections". I think you picked the wrong news story to try to use as a forum to express your homophobic intolerance.


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