Former London Metropolitan Police officer David Carrick was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday. He must have served at least 32 years in prison, deducting his time in prison, then authorities could release him early, Reuters wrote.
Prosecutors said Carrick, 48, abused his position to intimidate many of his victims. He stressed that no one would believe their accusations against the word of the police.
Metropolitan Police Deputy Chief Constable Barbara Gray on Sunday expressed her deep regret for the harm Carrick inflicted on his victims.
“We were disappointed that we were not able to identify the man who committed the most horrific acts within the Metropolitan Police,” he said.
In recent years, the London Metropolitan Police have been rocked by scandals over corruption, racism and sexual violence.
London police are investigating around 800 police officers for allegations of sexual and domestic violence. They started the investigation after corps member David Carrick confessed to 49 crimes, including dozens of rapes.
One of the cases was the abduction, rape and brutal murder of Sarah Everard of London in 2021, for which police officer Wayne Couzens was sentenced to life in prison. He used his service card to kidnap a young woman.
Metropolitan Police chief Mark Rowley, who was appointed last July, has pledged to restore the public’s trust in the police.
In addition to rape, Carrick pleaded guilty to attempted rape, sexual assault, illegal detention, and coercive conduct. Carrick’s attorney, Alisdair Williamson, told the court that his client “accepted full responsibility for his actions”. “He can’t and won’t want mercy,” Williamson said.
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