U.K. : Ex-London police officer sentenced to life in prison for raping 12 women over 17 years

A for­mer Lon­don police offi­cer was sen­tenced Tues­day to life in prison, with a min­i­mum sen­tence of 30 years, for rap­ing and sex­u­al­ly assault­ing 12 women over 17 years.

Met­ro­pol­i­tan Police Offi­cer David Car­rick, 48, admit­ted last month that he was a ser­i­al rapist. The case has been described by pros­e­cu­tors as one of the most shock­ing cas­es involv­ing an active-duty police officer.

Car­rick, who enlist­ed in 2001, plead­ed guilty to 24 counts of rape and 49 counts, includ­ing assault, attempt­ed rape and false impris­on­ment. His crimes were com­mit­ted between 2003 and 2020.

At his sen­tenc­ing hear­ing on Tues­day, Judge Bob­by Chiema-Grubb said the for­mer offi­cer was “out­ra­geous­ly prey­ing on women” even though he appeared to be well-man­nered and trust­wor­thy in the pub­lic eye.

“You open­ly raped and sex­u­al­ly assault­ed dozens of women, some of them so bru­tal­ly that you act­ed as if you were untouch­able. You were bold and some­times cru­el. I was con­fi­dent that the vic­tim would not over­come shame or fear to report it,” the judge told Carrick.

“For near­ly 20 years, you were proven right. Now, with 12 women com­ing for­ward and your police col­leagues act­ing on the evi­dence, you’ve been exposed. I was knocked down,” he said.

Author­i­ties say Car­rick used his police sta­tus to con­trol and coerce his victims.

After reveal­ing nine rape and oth­er alle­ga­tions against Car­rick between 2000 and 2021, the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Police said his crimes had a “dev­as­tat­ing impact” and apol­o­gized to the vic­tims. bot­tom. He was only sus­pend­ed after being arrest­ed on rape alle­ga­tions in 2021.

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