British police officer sentenced to at least 30 years in prison after admitting dozens of rapes
A former London police officer was sentenced to life with a minimum sentence of 30 years on Tuesday for raping and sexually assaulting a dozen women over a 17-year period.
David Carrick, 48, admitted last month to being a serial rapist in what prosecutors described as one of the most shocking cases involving a serving police officer.
Carrick, who joined the Metropolitan Police in 2001, pleaded guilty to 49 offences, including 24 counts of rape, and charges including assault, attempted rape and false imprisonment. His crimes took place between 2003 and 2020.
The Met said his crimes had a “devastating impact” on the force and apologized to victims after it emerged that nine allegations of rape and other crimes had been made against Carrick between 2000 and 2021.
At Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, Judge Bobbie Cheema-Grubb said the former officer took “monstrous abuse of women” behind a public pretense of decency and trustworthiness.
“You brutally raped and sexually assaulted a number of women, some very brutally, and you pretended to be untouchable. You were brutal and at times ruthless, confident that no victim would overcome her shame and fear to turn you in, the judge said. said Carrick.
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“For almost two decades you were proven right, but now a combination of those 12 women, by coming forward, and your police colleagues, by acting on their evidence, has exposed and taken you down.”
Carrick, who worked in the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, used his position of power to intimidate many of his victims, saying no one would take their word for it, unlike that of a serving officer, prosecutors said.
British Home Secretary Suella Braverman called Carrick’s crimes “a scar” on the police.
“It is vital that we find out how he was able to wear the uniform for so long,” she said.