Sacto 9-1-1
September 16, 2013
Testimony underway in rape hearing on ex-police officer

A former Sacramento police detective testified today about her interview with a 75-year-old woman with expressive aphasia who described how she had been raped by a police officer.

Joyce Thorgrimson, now an investigator with the District Attorney's Office, testified in the first day of a preliminary hearing for former Sacramento police officer Gary Dale Baker, 50, who is accused in a 12-count complaint.

"She indicated he knocked on the door, she opened it, and he came in," Thorgrimson said, about the woman's first encounter with the man authorities identified as Baker. "She said he began kissing her right away."

The investigator said the man then "took her lower clothing off" in the November 2010 encounter and raped her. Asked if she wanted to have sex with the man, the woman said "No," Thorgrimson testified.

iTestimony in front of Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette was scheduled to run through this afternoon and continue on Thursday.

The alleged victim suffered a stroke about a year before the alleged attack in 2010 November, with her communication ability now severely restricted as result of her expressive aphasia. In an earlier hearing, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Cheryl Chun Meegan ruled that the woman is not competent to testify in the case.

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