A 48-year-old British Metropolitan Police armed officer who used his role to threaten his victims has confessed he engaged in dozens of rape and sexual offences against twelve women.
BBC reported on Monday that David Carrick who met some victims through dating websites pleaded guilty to 49 offences across twenty years.
The Met has apologised after it came to the attention of police over nine incidents, including rape allegations, between 2000 and 2021.
Reacting to the confession, 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 apprehended in October 2021.
His offences covered from 2003 to 2020 and most took place in Hertfordshire, where he lived.
Carrick, from Stevenage, would control what the women wore, what they ate, and where they slept and even stopped some of the women from speaking to their own children.
He was eventually stopped when one woman took the courage to report him. In October 2021, following publicity about disgraced Metropolitan Police officer PC Wayne Couzens, she contacted the police.
Jaswant Narwal, the 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 sexually 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.”
She said the “scale of the degradation Carrick subjected his victims to is unlike anything I’ve encountered in my 34 years with the Crown Prosecution Service.”
Carrick, who served with the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, met some victims through online dating sites such as Tinder and Badoo and used his role as a police officer to gain their trust.
He admitted four counts of rape, false imprisonment and indecent assault relating to a 40-year-old woman in 2003 at Southwark Crown Court.