Former Woodridge trainer sentenced to four years for sexually abusing 16-year-old at Warrenville gym

WOODRIDGE – A former Woodridge trainer who sexually abused a 16-year-old athlete in 2012 was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday, according to media reports.

Robert Theodore, 61, of 3809 Hagen Court in Woodridge, was charged in September 2012 with having inappropriate sexual contact with a then 16-year-old boy he'd been training in track and field at a Warrenville fitness center where Theodore was employed, as well as at his Woodridge home and the youth's home.

He pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a class 2 felony, in December.

The family of the victim has filed a lawsuit against Theodore and the fitness center, alleging that it failed do a background check on Theodore, who in the 1980s was convicted of attempted sexual abuse of an 11-year-old in Arizona, according to media reports. The lawsuit is pending.