A bus driver for Yolo Employment Services has been convicted of sex crimes against a mentally disabled woman.
A Yolo County jury on Aug. 8 convicted 74-year-old Thomas Vukodinovich of numerous sex crimes, including one count of rape and one count of attempted rape. The adult victim was legally unable to give consent to the sexual acts due to her mental disability, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.
Vukodinovich had been employed by Yolo Employment Services as a bus driver since 2005. His primary responsibility was to provide transportation to mentally disabled clients, including the victim, who is moderately mentally disabled, officials said.
In June 2012, two Winters residents noticed a Yolo Employment Services bus frequently parked on Main Street with the victim and the bus driver having some unusual physical contact. They told the victim's family, and the Winters Police Department opened a criminal investigation.
During an interview by trained professionals at the Yolo County Multi-Disciplinary Interview Center, the victim revealed that she had engaged in numerous sexual activities with Vukodinovich on the bus. Officials said Vukodinovich later confessed that he had engaged in regular and repeated sexual acts with the victim on the Yolo Employment Services bus since 2009.
A sentencing date for Vukodinovich has not been set. He will be sentenced by Yolo Superior Court Judge Stephen L. Mock.