By Nigel Boys
After suffering a deliberating stroke at the age of 74, which left her struggling to communicate with her family as she had lost most of her ability to speak, a Sacramento woman tried her best to recover while staying in an apartment in a senior living complex.
Although things looked difficult for the woman identified in court papers as “Jane Doe,” she persevered in her Florin Road-area apartment until she was s*xually attacked on Thanksgiving Day 2010. The 75-year-old woman did her best to relate to her family the details of the attack, but the culprit was never identified, despite DNA evidence proving she was raped.
After a second attack sometime in the next two years and an attempted third in December 2012, police detectives suggested that the woman’s family install a motion-activated camera in her apartment. When the alleged assailant attempted a third assault on the elderly woman, police officers immediately recognized 52-year-old Gary Dale Baker, a veteran of over 20 years on the Sacramento police force, as the culprit.
Baker, who was 49 at the time of the first assault, was immediately arrested and fired from the department where he had patrolled the streets of South Sacramento for over two decades, supposedly protecting the public from harm, according to the Daily Mail.
The Sacramento Bee reports that the former veteran police officer faced 10 counts in all, including rape, forcible oral copulation, assault with intent to commit rape and burglary. He was found guilty of all but one allegation of forcible oral copulation connected to a December 2012 incident by jurors during his trial in July.
Sentencing him to 62 years to life imprisonment this week and calling his crimes “unspeakable,” Judge Ernest Sawtelle told Baker, “You tarnished the badge for police officers everywhere.”
“It is impossible for anybody involved in this case to imagine the depravity in one’s heart. It is difficult to imagine a more vulnerable victim,” Sawtelle continued on Wednesday. “For your crimes, you will be sentenced to life in prison.”
“This case has to be about ‘Jane Doe.’ She was raped. It harms all of us,” Sawtelle told Baker in his blistering verbal attack. “You entered her safe haven, her home, the place where she should be the safest. Then, you went back again and again and again.”
Although Baker’s former defense attorney, Linda Parisi, argued at his trial that her client was not guilty of the crimes because he and the woman had a casual relationship that included s*x, it didn’t sway the jury.
The lawyer who Baker fired in August, replacing her with defense counsel Donald Masuda, also argued that the woman’s aphasia required family members to attempt to interpret what she meant and they may have been mistaken in their beliefs about her client.
Baker continued to state that he was innocent of wrongdoing at his sentencing this week. “I did not rape ‘Jane Doe,’” he insisted. “I did not do that.”
At Baker’s trial, family members testified that “Doe” called out “rape” and “police” as she attempted to pantomime the dreadful attacks she had been put through by her alleged assailant. Crime kit analysis and physical examinations revealed evidence of bodily fluids and trauma the elderly woman suffered during the attacks, medical professions and forensics experts told the jury.
“You have caused a lot of pain to my mother, but my mother is strong and our family is stronger,” said “Jane Doe’s” son, Joseph Ramos, at the hearing this week.
A request by Baker’s attorneys for a new trial at the hearing on Tuesday was denied by the Judge, according to court records. He remains in custody at the Sacramento County jail with no listed date of release.