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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