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Former Yolo bus driver found guilty of sex crimes

Published: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3B
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 - 6:37 am

A former adult day care bus driver has been convicted in Yolo Superior Court of rape and other crimes for sexually assaulting a mentally disabled passenger for several years while on duty.

Thomas Vukodinovich, 74, of Woodland was found guilty Aug. 8 of rape, attempted rape and five counts of oral copulation, among other charges, in connection with acts he committed aboard a Yolo Employment Services bus in Winters, Yolo County district attorney's officials said Wednesday.

Prosecutors described the woman as "moderately mentally disabled" and said she was unable to consent to the sexual acts. Sentencing is pending, but prosecutors say Vukodinovich faces up to 27 years in state prison.

Vukodinovich had been a driver for the nonprofit adult day care provider since 2005, transporting YES' mentally disabled clients, according to district attorney's officials.

Prosecutors said the woman and Vukodinovich revealed they had engaged in "regular and repeated" sex acts dating back to 2009.

Winters police were called onto the case in June 2012 after a pair of Winters residents noticed the bus parked on Main Street and the driver and woman engaged in unusual activity, prosecutors said.

The residents told the woman's parents, who then called Winters police.

"These crimes would not have been discovered without the two Good Samaritan citizens ... who had the good sense to report the activity to police," said Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig in a statement.

A woman who answered the phone at YES on Thursday declined to comment on the case.

Call The Bee's Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.

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