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Ask Sacto 911 Crime Q&A: Is trial set for ex-Sacramento police officer accused of raping stroke-impaired woman?

What is the status of ex-officer Gary Dale Baker’s trial?

– David, Antelope

Gary Dale Baker, a former Sacramento police officer, is accused of raping a woman in her 70s whose speech was impaired due to a stroke.

According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, he is scheduled for trial on Monday.

Police and prosecutors have charged that Baker raped the woman 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.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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