A California judge sentenced ex-Sacramento police officer, Gary Dale Baker, to life in prison earlier this month after he was convicted of raping a 75-year-old stroke victim.
“It is impossible for anybody involved in this case to imagine the depravity in one’s heart,” Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ernest Sawtelle said at the Nov. 10 sentencing hearing, according to The Sacramento Bee.
“It is difficult to imagine a more vulnerable victim," he added to Baker. "You tarnished the badge for police officers everywhere. For your crimes, you will be sentenced to life in prison.”
Sawtelle sentenced Baker to 62 years to life in prison.
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A jury convicted Baker, 52, in July of attacking the woman, identified only as "Jane Doe."
The first attack, prosecutors said, occurred in November 2010 when Baker was 49, and the victim was 75.
Prosecutors said there were two other attacks in September and December of 2012.
The woman’s family members said she was only about a year past a severe stroke that took away much of her ability to communicate at the time of the November 2010 attack. She was eventually able to communicate to family members about what had happened after the first assault through the use of gestures and pens and paper, The Bee reported at the time of Baker’s conviction.
Physical examinations and crime lab analysis reportedly found evidence of bodily fluids and trauma after the 2010 attack and the two others in 2012. But detectives were not able to determine the attacker’s identity until they placed a hunting camera above her apartment’s door in December 2012.
It was at that point that police realized the suspect was one of their own.
Baker was fired from the force the same month he was arrested for the off-duty attacks.
He was charged with 10 counts, including allegations of rape, forcible oral copulation, and assault with intent to commit rape and burglary, The Bee reported in July.
Baker’s attorney maintained at trial that he and the woman were engaged in consensual sex at her senior-living apartment, and they enjoyed a casual relationship.
He was convicted on all counts except one of forcible oral copulation connected to the December 2012 incident.
“This conviction from the jury is good and all, but he’s going to have to face God,” the victim’s son, Joseph Ramos, said at the time. “God is who he’s going to have to answer to.”
Baker maintained his innocence at the Nov. 10 sentencing hearing.
“I did not rape ‘Jane Doe,’” he said. “I did not do that.”
“You have caused a lot of pain to my mother, but my mother is strong and our family is stronger,” Ramos told Baker at the sentencing.