A Metropolitan Police armed officer who used his role to put fear into his victims has admitted dozens of rape and s.e.xual offences against 12 women. David Carrick, 48, who met some victims through dating websites, pleaded guilty to 49 offences across two decades.
The Met has apologised after it emerged he had come to the attention of police over nine incidents, including rape allegations, between 2000 and 2021. A senior officer said his offending was “unprecedented in policing”.
Assistant Commissioner Barbara Gray, the Met’s lead for professionalism, said: “We should have spotted his pattern of abusive behaviour and because we didn’t, we missed opportunities to remove him from the organisation.
“We are truly sorry that being able to continue to use his role as a police officer may have prolonged the suffering of his victims.
“We know they felt unable to come forward sooner because he told them they would not be believed.”
Carrick, who admitted 24 counts of rape, was suspended from duty when he was arrested in October 2021. His offences spanned 2003 to 2020 and most took place in Hertfordshire, where he lived.
Carrick, from Stevenage, would control what the women wore, what they ate, where they slept and even stopped some of the women from speaking to their own children.
He was finally stopped when one woman did decide to report him. In October 2021, following publicity about disgraced Metropolitan Police officer PC Wayne Couzens, she contacted police.
Jaswant Narwal, chief crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Carrick held a role where he was trusted with the responsibility of protecting the public, but yet over 17 years, in his private life, he did the exact opposite.
“This is a man who relentlessly degraded, belittled and s.e.xually assaulted and raped women. As time went on, the severity of his offending intensified as he became emboldened, thinking he would get away with it.
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