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12-21-2012, 07:15 AM

Veteran Sacramento Police Officer Arrested For Repeated Sexual Assault Of 78-Year-Old
December 20, 2012 7:23 PM


SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A 22-year veteran Sacramento police officer has been arrested for the repeated sexual assault of a now 78-year-old woman while off-duty.

“That’s just a heinous crime but for a police officer to do that was just horrible,” Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel said at a press conference.

The initial assault took place on the afternoon of Nov. 25, 2010, at the woman’s residence near 24th Street and South Manor Drive. A suspect forcibly entered the victim’s apartment when she answered the door. He would force the victim to orally copulate him, and have sexual intercourse.

Gary Baker, 49, was arrested Thursday in connection to the 2010 sexual assault. The woman previously suffered from a stroke that made it hard for her to communicate with authorities.

“We were unable to identify the suspect, but we did collect enough DNA to upload it in the DNA database,” Braziel said.

Baker reportedly returned on Sept. 20, 2012, and sexually assaulted the woman again. He would return a third time on Dec. 11, 2012, at which time the family installed a surveillance camera.

On Tuesday, the family reported to police capturing the suspect on camera. After reviewing the tapes, investigators recognized the suspect as Baker.

Sacramento County District Attorney’s Crime Lab positively identified Baker to DNA evidence collected from the 2010 assault.

“I have no explanation why Mr. Baker would do such things,” Braziel said.

Baker was taken into police custody Thursday, and charged with rape, two counts of forcible oral copulation, attempt to commit oral copulation, assault with intent to commit rape and sexual battery.

“We hold our officers to the highest standards on and off-duty. We understand that an incident of this magnitude reflects negatively on the good men and women in law enforcement everywhere. I can assure that this incident is not reflective of the dedicated officers that serve our community every day,” Braziel said in a statement.

Baker has been booked into Sacramento County Jail, with bail set at $1 million.

09-16-2013, 10:07 PM

Ex-Sacramento Cop’s Defense May Hinge On Elderly Rape Victim’s Disability
September 16, 2013 5:44 PM

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Attorneys for a former Sacramento Police officer accused of raping a 76-year-old woman may use the woman’s disability to sway the jury in their favor.

Gary Baker took notes and flashed an occasional half-smile—not the reaction you’d expect from a suspect about to go on trial accused of raping a disabled elderly woman.

The woman has trouble talking and writing after she suffered a stroke, which made it difficult for her to accurately communicate what happened with the alleged rape. That could be used against her in the trial.

“After knocking on the door, said this person started kissing her,” said Officer Matt Armstrong, who took the statement from the victim, at the preliminary hearing.

During witness questioning of the three separate attacks, the defense opportunity for a former Sacramento Police officer sought to poke holes in how detectives were able to pinpoint a suspect.

“You have no way of knowing whether or not whether any answers you gave were intelligible and by that I mean Ms. Doe understood the question and was able to articulate a correct answer,” said attorney Linda Parisi.

“She articulated these descriptions to me and when we would describe them to her, she would give us a yes answer,” Armstrong said.

Ruled not fit to take the stand, the rape victim known as Jane Doe did find a way to give officers clues to who raped her.

“I was in uniform, and she kept tapping my patch on my uniform sleeve,” said Officer Paula Gow.

But with limited communication and only a rough sketch, it wasn’t until two years later, and after a third rape attempt, the woman’s son put up security cameras.

Caught on video was a man with 22 years on the police force—Gary Baker, the suspected officer.

06-19-2014, 07:46 AM

Ex-Sacramento Police Officer Accused Of Raping Disabled Woman, 76, Says Sex Was Consensual
June 18, 2014 5:53 PM


SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A former Sacramento Police officer accused of raping a disabled stroke victim multiple times doesn’t deny having sex with her.

Prosecutors say Gary Baker admitted he had sex with the 76-year-old woman, while his attorney says the woman welcomed the relationship with Baker.

While Baker didn’t want to talk about the case, his attorney, Linda Parisi had plenty to say.

“The witness could not demonstrate that she understood the questions nor could she communicate in an intelligible fashion,” she said.

Prosecutors say starting in 2010, Baker raped the elderly victim multiple times. He was arrested after one of her family members became suspicious and set up a surveillance video camera. Footage shows Baker visiting the home.

Parisi says that’s true.

“Mr. Baker went to the house and knocked on her door,” she said.

Police say they later got a statement from the victim saying she had been raped.

Parisi calls the elderly woman’s statements “unreliable” because the stroke victim has trouble speaking. She says the woman’s family helped piece together a police statement.

“And instead what you have is family members who seek to interpret instead of using the words of the individual,” she said.

But prosecutors submitted even more compelling evidence—Baker’s DNA was found in the victim’s bed and on her body.

“Well certainly there is evidence that they had an encounter together,” Parisi said.

She says the rape charges should be thrown out, because she contends the disabled stroke victim and her client were actually lovers and the sex was consensual.

But the judge ordered the case to trial. Jury selection is set for August, and the trial will likely begin in September or October.

11-11-2015, 07:06 AM

Ex-Sacramento Officer Gets Life In Prison For Rape
November 11, 2015 6:59 AM

SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — An ex-Sacramento police officer has been sentenced to life in prison for repeatedly raping a stroke-disabled elderly woman.

The Sacramento Bee reports that Judge Ernest Sawtelle called former officer Gary Dale Baker’s crimes “unspeakable” during the Tuesday sentencing.