SACRAMENTO—The case against a former Sacramento police officer accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting an elderly woman while off duty is moving forward in court.

The Sacramento Bee reports ( http://bit.ly/1fBgG8J) a judge said Tuesday that the alleged victim appeared competent in her interviews with investigators, despite having suffered a stroke.

The judge's finding means it will be up to Gary Dale Baker, the former officer, to show whether the woman's statements are unreliable and inadmissible in his preliminary hearing.

Defense attorneys had argued the woman is incompetent to testify.

The 50-year-old Baker was arrested in December on suspicion of rape, forcible oral copulation and other charges in the assault of the 76-year-old woman.

Detectives recognized the suspect as Baker after reviewing footage from a surveillance camera the alleged victim's family installed after she told them of the assault.


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