On Monday, a Metropolitan Police officer pleaded guilty to 49 counts, including false imprisonment, sexual assault under coercive control and 24 counts of raping 12 women.
Police and prosecutors say David Carrick used his position as a Met officer to bait women and then threatened them to keep quiet about his sexual assaults.
Jaswant Narwal, Chief Crown Prosecutor, condemned his actions.
“Anyone hearing of the 49 counts to which David Carrick has pleaded guilty against 12 victims would agree that the sheer scale of his crime is appalling. This is a man who relentlessly belittles, sexually assaults and rapes women. His insult intensified when he was encouraged and thought he could get away with it.
Carrick served as a police officer for 17 years despite numerous complaints against him. Police apologized after nine incidents involving the officer became public between 2000 and 2021.
This incident dates back to another notorious police officer, Wayne Couzens, who kidnapped, raped and brutally murdered a young woman named Sarah Everard in London during lockdown.
Carrick was arrested in 2021 after a woman told detectives he raped her. She came forward after Wayne Couzens was sentenced to life imprisonment, the most severe sentence possible under British law.
After initial guilty pleas in December, the Metropolitan Police stopped Carrick’s salary and instituted an accelerated misconduct trial. There is a hearing on Tuesday and he is expected to be released.
Prosecutors said the case was “one of the most shocking cases involving a serving official.”
Carrick is due to be sentenced next month.
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