A British police officer admitted dozens of counts of rape and sexual assault to a London court on Monday, making him one of the country’s most prolific sex offenders.
Constable David Carrick, 48, pleaded guilty to 49 offenses, including 24 counts of rape.
The offenses mainly took place near where he lived in Hertfordshire, outside London, and lasted 17 years. During this time he worked for the Metropolitan Police guarding diplomatic and parliamentary premises.
Carrick met some of his victims through online dating sites or in social situations, and used his police work to gain the trust of the women he later abused.
He admitted to repeatedly raping women, over months or years, with some of the attacks involving violence that allegedly physically injured the women.
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Barbara Gray told Britain’s Sky News they were ‘truly sorry’ for missing opportunities to identify Carrick when numerous complaints were made about his conduct over the years. years.
“He abused that power he had as a police officer and used it to control the women who were his victims, and I’m so sorry that it prolonged the pain these women will have had and I’m in awe in front of them to step forward now and see him get a successful conviction,” Gray said.
After initial guilty pleas in December, the Metropolitan Police stopped Carrick’s pay and launched a fast-track misconduct proceeding. There is a hearing on Tuesday and he is expected to be removed from his post.
Police say they believe more of Carrick’s victims may come forward after Monday’s trial.