Policeman gets life sentence for raping stroke victim
An American police officer was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday after being convicted of raping a 75-year-old stroke victim on multiple occasions, the Reuters reports.
Prosecutors say Gary Dale Baker, 52, who served the Sacramento police department, raped the elderly victim two times between 2010 and 2012, and was about to rape her a third time when he was caught.
He is accused of sexually harassing the woman in multiple ways such as forcible oral copulation, sexual battery and burglary.
The woman, now 77, could not name her rapist at the time because she could not speak. She was recovering from a stroke in a senior living complex in South Sacramento when the attacks began, prosecutors said.
Initially, investigators compiled a list of suspects but the DNA of the rapist could not be matched with the suspects.
The woman’s family then decided to set up a camera in her room and that is how Baker was caught. Investigators immediately recognised him as an active member of the Sacramento police department.
While handing down his judgment, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ernest Sawtelle said, “You tarnished the badge for police officers everywhere.” He also referred to Baker’s actions as “unspeakable.”
Baker’s lawyer requested a new trial but the request was denied.