SACRAMENTO, CA - A former Sacramento police officer accused of raping a now 78-year-old woman was back in court Wednesday.
Gary Baker, 41, is facing 12 felony counts, including rape and sexual battery, on a woman who suffered from a stroke in 2009.
The stroke affected the woman's speech and she was diagnosed with aphasia, a disorder that speech, reading and writing.
The victim took the stand earlier this month, but Sacramento Superior Court Judge Cheryl Chun Meegan said her testimony was difficult to understand due to her medical condition.
Wednesday, Baker's attorney Linda Parisi and Deputy District Attorney Amy Holliday agreed to work together to appoint an expert neurologist or speech pathologist to assist the victim.
"I think the question for the expert at this point is to answer those competency questions - whether or not the witness can understand and has the cognitive skills to understand the questions - whether they can answer those, whether or not they can communicate intelligently, and then whether or not they can appreciate the obligation to tell the truth," Parisi said.
According to the criminal complaint, Baker allegedly raped the woman on two different occasions and attempted to sexually assault her a third time. The alleged crimes were committed from November 2010 to December 2012.
Baker is free on $1 million bail.. His next court appearance was set for May 31 at 10:30 a.m.
by Dina Kupfer, DKupfer@news10.net