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London cop admits to being a serial rapist


LONDON — A London police officer has admitted to raping and sexually assaulting a dozen women over nearly two decades, in a case described as “devastating” to the public’s already shaken confidence in the force.

David Carrick, an armed officer who served in the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command and worked on the parliamentary estate, was charged with 49 offenses against 12 women over an 18-year period.

At a previous hearing at the Old Bailey last year, the 48-year-old pleaded guilty to 43 offences, including 20 counts of rape. On Monday, he entered new guilty pleas to four counts of rape, forcible confinement and indecent assault.

Assistant Commissioner Barbara Gray, head of professionalism for the Metropolitan Police, apologized to Carrick’s alleged victims, describing him as a “prolific and serial sex offender”.

“He had a devastating impact on the confidence of the women and girls we work so hard to earn,” she said in a statement. “He devastated his colleagues.”

“He used the fact that he was a police officer to control and coerce his victims. We know they felt unable to come forward sooner because he told them they would not be believed.

“We should have spotted his abusive behavior and because we didn’t we missed opportunities to remove him from the organization,” she added. Carrick met some of the women through online dating sites or at social occasions, using his position as a police officer to gain their trust, according to the Associated Press.

Details of Carrick’s offenses were only made public on Monday under strict reporting restrictions in the UK

Monday’s revelations were the latest blow to the capital’s confidence in its police force, the Metropolitan Police. It follows the abduction, rape and murder of Sarah Everard at the hands of Wayne Couzens, an elite officer also from the Diplomatic Protection Command, which sparked a national conversation about violence against women and misogyny. .

A London police officer on Monday, January 16, 2023, admitted multiple counts of rape and sexual assault on a dozen women over nearly two decades.  David Carrick, 48, pleaded guilty to 49 offences, including about 20 counts of rape as well as assault, attempted rape and forcible confinement.
David Carrick. Hertfordshire Police/AP

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “absolutely sickened and appalled” by the revelations.

“Londonians will be rightly shocked that this man was able to work for the Met for so long, and serious questions need to be answered about how he was able to abuse his position as an officer in such a horrific way,” he said. Khan said.

Carrick was on police systems in connection with a number of off-duty incidents before and during his employment as an officer in 2001, none of which resulted in criminal sanction at the time, police said on Monday. metropolitan.

Carrick had come to the attention of police in nine incidents, despite being approved to join the Metropolitan Police in 2001 and then again in 2017, the force said in a statement. He added that two of those incidents were not recorded in police systems.

A police spokesperson declined to comment on the case when approached for clarification by NBC News. The force said it had improved its systems and Carrick would have been flagged under current processes.

Following his arrest in October 2021, Carrick was immediately suspended from duty, police said.

Police have been scrambling to restore community ties and rebuild trust between women after a spate of cases fueled concerns around sexual misconduct, misogyny and racism.

Earlier this month, an officer pleaded guilty to forcible confinement and assault of a woman in her 20s while off duty, and another officer was found guilty of harassing a co-worker.

Two officers were jailed in 2021 for sharing photos of murdered sisters Nicole Henry and Bibaa Smallman, and calling the sisters “dead birds” in WhatsApp messages.

Bibaa, who was black, and Nicole, who was mixed race, were discovered in a London park by family members, who had to search each other. Their mother, Mina Smallman, believed police failed to search for her daughters due to racial profiling and classism – a charge the force denied.

A recent independent review of the culture and standards of behavior of the Metropolitan Police, commissioned in the wake of scandals including the Everard murder, said it had revealed systemic failures that have allowed too many officers “heinous” accused of sexual misconduct and domestic violence of remaining to work.

Highlighting missed opportunities to spot repeat or escalating misconduct, Dame Louise Casey’s report said that between 2013 and 2022, 20% of officers and staff in the misconduct system had been involved in two or more but fewer cases. 1% of these officers had been fired.

In a statement on Monday, the Metropolitan Police said it had set up a dedicated domestic violence and sex offenses investigation team to deal with officers or staff involved in domestic violence or sex offences.

“Our work to identify and rid the Met of corrupt officers is determined and focused,” Gray said.

Carrick has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced at a hearing at Southwark Crown Court from February 6.

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