Trainer who sexually abused athlete sentenced to prison

<p>Robert J. Theodore. | Courtesy of Naperville Police Department</p>

Robert J. Theodore. | Courtesy of Naperville Police Department

A Woodridge man has been sentenced to four years in prison for sexually abusing a young athlete from Naperville he was training.

DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell sentenced Robert Theodore, 61, Woodridge, on Wednesday.

On Dec. 2, 2013, Theodore entered a blind plea of guilty to one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony.

Thes sentence stems from allegations that while Theodore was employed at Lifetime Fitness at 28141 Diehl Road in Warrenville as a track/triathlon trainer, he had inappropriate sexual contact on several occasions with a minor boy whom he had been training in track and field.

The abuse occurred at Theodore’s home, the victim’s home and at the local gym where Theodore would train the 16-year-old boy.

On Sept. 11, 2012, following an investigation by the Naperville Police Department and the DuPage County Children’s Center, Theodore was charged with having inappropriate sexual contact with the boy. The following day, Theodore posted the required $25,000 of his $250,000 bond and was released from custody.

“Mr. Theodore used his position as a trusted coach to take advantage of a young innocent boy in the worst possible way,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Rober Berlin said.

“His vile actions are not those of a coach who is devoted to the physical and emotional development of a young athlete, but are those of a sexually deviant man who cared nothing about his victim and the pain and suffering he caused.”

Theodore will be required to serve 50 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.