Met Police officer David Carrick pleads GUILTY to 24 rape charges and other sexual assaults

PC David Carrick
PC David Carrick

Metropolitan Police officer pleads guilty to string of sex offences including 24 rape charges

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PC David Carrick has admitted 49 offences against 12 women over a period spanning 18 years, including 24 rape charges.

The 48-year-old faces charges including the rape of nine different women, but some of the charges are multiple incident counts, meaning they relate to more than 80 sexual offences.

Carrick joined the Met Police in August 2001 and served with the force's parliamentary and diplomatic command from 2009 before he was suspended in October 2021.

The Metropolitan Police has apologised to victims after Carrick had come to the attention of police over nine incidents including allegations of rape, domestic violence, and harassment between 2000 and 2021.

Carrick faced no criminal sanctions or misconduct findings, and was only suspended after being arrested over a second rape complaint in 2021.

He appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Monday to plead guilty to four counts of rape, false imprisonment, and indecent assault, relating to a 40-year-old woman in 2003.

In December at the Old Bailey, the serving Met officer who was known to his colleagues as "B*****d Dave", admitted 43 charges against 11 other women, including 20 counts of rape, between March 2004 and September 2020.

The armed officer's role included policing parliamentary, government and diplomatic premises.

A prison van arrives at Southwark Crown Court where PC David Carrick entered guilty pleas
A prison van arrives at Southwark Crown Court where PC David Carrick entered guilty pleas

Carrick met some of the women through online dating sites such as Tinder and Badoo or on social occasions, using his position as a police officer to gain their trust.

He admitted raping nine of the women, with many of those attacks involving violence that would have left them physically injured, which included locking some in a small cupboard under the stairs in his Hertfordshire home for hours without food.

Others were forced to clean his house naked, urinated on and one woman was whipped with a belt.

He called women “fat and lazy” or his “slave” as he controlled them financially, isolated them from friends and family, and forbade them from speaking with other men or even their own children.

Detective Chief Inspector Iain Moor, from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “Whilst he was not a man that stalked the streets scouting for victims – he invested time in developing relationships with women to sustain his appetite for degradation and control – the coercive nature of his offending undermined his victims in the most destructive way.

“He thrived on humiliating his victims and cleverly used his professional position to intimate there was no point in them trying to seek help because they would never be believed.

“It is unbelievable to think these offences could have been committed by a serving police officer.

“The offending was absolutely abhorrent and I’m disgusted by it. I have a lot of pride and respect in the police service and I’m proud to be a policeman.

“When something like this happens, it obviously places a big cloud over the service as a whole.

“But I’m hoping that as a result of the thorough investigation that we’ve done and the fact that he’s been brought to justice will hopefully give people the confidence to be able to report matters to the police.”

Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said: "I apologise to all of David Carrick's victims. We have failed. I'm sorry. He should not have been a police officer.

"I have promised action. Integrity is our foundation - the Met will become ruthless at rooting out those who corrupt it."

Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb said she will sentence Carrick over two days from February 6.