WILLMAR -- A 35-year-old Willmar man made his first appearance Monday on a felony charge for allegedly committing a sex act with a vulnerable adult male he met while driving a Kandiyohi Area Transit bus.
Patrick Shawn Dokken faces a third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge in Kandiyohi County District Court.
Unconditional bail was set at $75,000, with conditional bail at $10,000. He was ordered to have no contact with the man, his residence or Ridgewater College.
Dokken's next appearance is set for Oct. 26.
Tiffany Collins, transit director for KAT, said Tuesday she'd been made aware of the charges against Dokken on Monday and he was immediately placed on unpaid leave of absence.
Dokken is not "performing his transit driver duty" and is not working in any capacity for KAT at this time, she said.
Collins said no further action would be taken until after the legal process was completed.
According to the complaint, Willmar Police received a report Thursday from a Meeker County social worker that a client, an 18-year-old male identified as a vulnerable adult, had reported a sexual incident with the driver of a KAT bus.
The social worker outlined that the young man lives in a group home and suffers from depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
A detective met with the man who said Dokken, the bus driver, had been friendly with him, asked his name and suggested they chat online.
Dokken and the man agreed to meet at the Willmar Public Library on Oct. 6. The man said they went to a home, where they watched a gay pornographic movie and Dokken performed a sex act on him.
Dokken was later located and arrested. He allegedly admitted to the sex act, that he knew the young man was 18 years old and that he didn't think he was a vulnerable adult.
Dokken allegedly admitting to knowing that there was staff at the home where he had later dropped off the young man.
Tribune reporter Carolyn Lange contributed to this report.