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.