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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Has former police officer accused of raping stroke-impaired woman gone to trial?

Q: My question is about Gary Dale Baker, the police officer accused of raping a woman in her 70s. The last I read about him, his trial was to begin in December. Did it?

Jason, San Jose

A: The trial date for former Sacramento police officer Gary Dale Baker has been continued several times.

According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, it currently is scheduled for Monday.

Baker is accused of raping a woman in her 70s whose speech was impaired by a stroke. Police and prosecutors have alleged that Baker raped her twice in her apartment, in November 2010 and September 2012.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, authorities said Baker was questioned, arrested and fired in December 2012 after the woman’s son mounted a game-hunting camera over her apartment door and turned over to police a video purportedly showing an assailant entering her apartment to attack her.

The woman suffered a stroke in 2009 that left her with a condition called speech aphasia, which severely inhibits her ability to communicate through written or spoken words.

A detective testified during the preliminary hearing that Baker told investigators that he had sex with the woman, but he insisted it was consensual.

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