Sacramento police officer suspected of raping elderly woman charged with 6 felony counts of sexual assault

12:11 AM, Dec 21, 2012   |    comments
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Gary Baker

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Sacramento police officer was arrested in connection to sexually assaulting an elderly woman multiple times while off duty.

Gary Baker, 49, was arrested Thursday and charged with rape, assault with intent to commit rape, forcible oral copulation (two counts), attempted forcible oral copulation, and sexual battery, Sacramento County District Attorney's Office spokesperson Shelly Orio said.

MORE: Read the criminal complaint (WARNING details of the crime are graphic) 

According to Sacramento police, Baker is accused of sexually assaulting a 76-year-old woman on two different incidents and attempting to sexually assault the woman a third time from November 2010 to Dec. 11, 2012. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the victim suffered a stroke in 2009. The stroke did not affect her physically, but did affect her speech and was diagnosed with Aphasia, a disorder that affects reading, writing and speech.

During the afternoon hours of Nov. 24, 2010, the 76-year-old victim said a man forced his way into her apartment near 24th Street and South Manor Drive when she answered the door. The suspect raped the victim and forced her to orally copulated him, police said. DNA evidence was collected and uploaded to the FBI DNA database. Police said her medical condition made it hard for her talk to police.

On Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, the suspect returned to the woman's home and sexually assaulted her again. Police said more evidence was collected as the scene and detectives continued to follow up on leads.

The suspect returned to the victim's home for a third time on Dec. 11, 2012 and attempted to sexually assault the victim. The victim's family installed a surveillance camera at the victim's home with the help of police.

On Tuesday, the family called police to report that the suspect returned to the area for a fourth time and was seen on video. The Sacramento police detective working the case recognized Baker.

Police said Baker was placed on administrative leave while the department conducted an "intense criminal and administrative investigation into Baker's involvement in this case."

Baker told detectives in an interview on Wednesday that he knew the victim, but denied having sexual contact with her, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. During the interview, he gave police a DNA sample.

DNA from the 2010 incident was compared to Baker's in the Sacramento County District Attorney's Crime Lab, which identified him as a suspect in the crime.

MORE: Read the arrest warrant affidavit (WARNING details of the crime are graphic)

"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," Sacramento Polices Chief Rick Braziel said. "I can assure that this incident is not reflective of the dedicated officers that serve our community every day."

Baker was arrested Thursday and booked into Sacramento County Jail on six felony counts. His bail was set at $1 million.

Baker has been with the Sacramento Police Department for 22 years. Braziel said during a news conference, that he fired Baker Thursday. 


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