A former Sacramento police officer has just been convicted of raping a 75-year-old stroke victim. The victim was in her senior living apartment when the assault occurred. Now that officer has been sentenced to life in prison, according to court records.
Prosecutors explain that Gary Dale Baker, 52, had entered the woman’s apartment no less than least three times from 2010 to 2012. Two of those times he raped her. In one incident she was having a stroke and was unable to speak. The officer raped her during the stroke.
Last July, Officer Bake was convicted of nine charges relating to the case.
Those charges include rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual battery and burglary.
Now, last Tuesday saw Baker sentenced to 62 years to life. That means he will, without question, spend the rest of his life in prison, according to a spokeswoman for Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert.
The victim, a woman who is now 77, is living in a senior living complex in South Sacramento.
She struggled greatly to relay what had happened to her family. The limitations of speech from the stroke made this initially difficult.
DNA evidence confirmed the rape, however.
After Baker attempted a third assault in 2012, a Sacramento police detective told the woman’s family install a motion-activated camera. That’s when Baker was caught again – a fourth time.
Officers and detectives immediately recognized Baker from the footage.
“You tarnished the badge for police officers everywhere,” Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ernest Sawtelle said according to the Sacramento Bee newspaper. “For your crimes, you will be sentenced to life in prison.”
Sawtelle said that Baker’s crimes were “unspeakable,” the newspaper reported.
(Article by Reagan Ali and M. David)