A fitness trainer in DuPage County faces charges for allegedly sexually abusing a boy he'd been training in track-and-field.
Robert Theodore, 60, a track and triathlon trainer at Life Time Fitness in Warrenville, was charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and ordered held Wednesday on $200,000 bond.
Theodore is accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy on several occasions.
The DuPage County state's attorney said the abuse allegedly took place at Theodore's home, the boy's home and at the gym. Theodore allegedly bought the boy expensive gifts, including a specialized bicycle, clothes and an iPod Touch, according to State's Attorney Robert Berlin.
“The allegations against Mr. Theodore are sickening,” Berlin said in a statement. “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."
Theodore posted bond and was ordered to submit to GPS monitoring and have no contact with the victim or anyone under the age of 18. He is due back in court Oct. 15.