Baumgaurte awaits sentencing for kidnapping and rape of teen girl

Two days will be required to sentence a convicted kidnapper and rapist, Red Deer court heard Monday.

Two days will be required to sentence a convicted kidnapper and rapist, Red Deer court heard Monday.

Gerard John Baumgarte, 57, of Red Deer, returns to Court of Queen’s Bench March 25-26 for sentencing on eight charges.

A delay in securing a psychological report has delayed sentencing for more than two months.

Baumgarte pleaded guilty in early November to kidnapping, forcible confinement, two counts of sexual assault, using an imitation firearm in the commission of an offence, possessing a restricted firearm knowing it was prohibited, assault using a knife and falsely representing himself as a peace officer.

He’s also facing a separate September trial on possession of a restricted firearm.

The delay in sentencing resulted when the Southern Alberta Forensic Assessment Centre in Calgary failed to conduct a psychological and psychiatric assessment on time, court heard before Christmas.

Baumgarte kidnapped a Penhold teenager from her home on Feb. 26, 2009 and sexually assaulted her. She was held hostage in his Red Deer residence for two days before she was released. The girl, who cannot be named by a court order, was driving home at about 9:40 p.m. after a quick trip to a nearby convenience store in Penhold. Posing as a police officer, Baumgarte abducted her.

The Crown is seeking a life sentence for the “profound physical and psychological damage” suffered by the victim.

Life in prison is the maximum for kidnapping.

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