Former Madison YWCA driver charged with sex assault of passenger

A former driver for Madison’s YWCA Empowerment Center was charged Thursday with second degree sexual assault after police alleged he sexually touched a cognitively-disabled woman during her transport in September.

A Dane County Court commissioner gave 53-year-old Dwain Sykes a signature bond after a hearing on the charge. Sykes declined comment to a 27 News reporter as he left the courthouse.

A criminal complaint says Sykes’ accuser told another driver Sykes had sexually touched her. The complaint states the woman says Sykes touched her private areas over her clothing as he drove the YWCA’s vehicle. The complaint says the woman pushed Sykes’ hand away and another passenger told him “…to put his hands back on the steering wheel on 10 and 2.”

Authorities say surveillance video on the vehicle confirms the touching.

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