Police: Dover Gym Owner Arrested For Relationship With Then 17-Year-Old

The Dover Police Department has arrested Thomas Keaton, 31, of Dover, for several charges police said Tuesday.

Officials said the charges are related to an alleged relationship Keaton had with a former athlete/employee of Legends Elite, located at 155 Commerce Way Suite D Dover.

During the month of February 2024, the Dover Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit was contacted regarding a sexual relationship that had occurred between Keaton, who owned Legends Elite, and a female athlete/employee of the gym, who was 17-years-old when the relationship began officisals said.

Officials said through the investigation, it was revealed that Keaton had engaged in a sexual relationship with the girl between the months of February 2023 and March of 2023. Warrants were obtained for Keaton and on March 11, 2024, he turned himself in to Dover Police Department where he was processed and arraigned.

Keaton was charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child by a Person of Trust First Degree (5x), -Rape Fourth Degree (3x), -Sexual Solicitation of a Child Under 18 Years Old, and -Unlawful Sexual Contact Second Degree.

He was committed to SCI on $121,000 cash bail on the following charges:

Officials said because of the sensitivity of this case, and in consideration of the victim, only limited information will be released at this time.