Life in Prison: Gary Dale Baker, 52, was convicted of raping a 75-year-old stroke victim in her senior citizen’s home
A former Sacramento police officer convicted of raping a 75-year-old stroke victim in her senior citizen’s home was sentenced to life imprisonment, according to court records.
Prosecutors said Gary Dale Baker, 52, entered the woman’s home at least three times from 2010 to 2012 and raped her twice because she suffered from a stroke-related inability to speak.
He was convicted in July on nine charges related to the case, including rape, violent oral copulation, sexual battery and burglary.
On Tuesday, Baker was sentenced to 62 years of life, meaning he will spend the rest of his life behind bars, said a Sacramento District Attorney spokeswoman Anne Marie Schubert.
The 77-year-old woman was recovering from a stroke at a senior citizen complex in South Sacramento when the attacks began, prosecutors said.
She tried to tell her family what had happened, and although DNA evidence confirmed the rape, investigators were initially unable to link her to known suspects, prosecutors said.
But in late 2012, after Baker attempted a third attack, a Sacramento Police Department detective suggested that the woman’s family install a motion-activated camera.
When Baker returned, the officers checking the footage recognized him immediately. Baker, who was then an active Sacramento Police officer, was arrested and released from the division.
“They stained police badges everywhere,” Sacramento Supreme Court Justice Ernest Sawtelle said when convicting Baker, the Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday. “You are sentenced to life imprisonment for your crimes.”
Sawtelle called Baker’s crimes “unspeakable,” the newspaper said.
Baker, 52, served with the Sacramento police force for over two decades before sexual assault allegations led to his release and arrest in December 2012.
Sawtelle spoke of Baker’s “breathtaking deception” of his department, the Sacramento community, and the woman he raped in their home.
‘In this case, it has to be Jane Doe. She was raped. It hurts all of us, ”Sawtelle said.
“You have entered her safe haven, her home, the place where she should be safest. Then you kept going back. ‘
On Tuesday, Baker said he was innocent.
“I didn’t rape Jane Doe,” said Baker. ‘I didn’t do that.’
Also on Tuesday, Joseph Ramos spoke about his mother’s pain and perseverance.
“You caused my mother a lot of pain, but my mother is strong and our family is stronger,” said Ramos.
Sacramento County prison records show Baker remained in custody on Wednesday with no published date. An application from his lawyers for a new trial was denied Tuesday, records show.