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The London policeman who confessed to having sexually abused fifty women during his career

2023-01-18T03:22:21.203Z

David Carrick, 48, "used the fact that he was a police officer to control and coerce his victims," ​​authorities said, admitting they did not "detect his pattern of abusive behavior."



By Sylvia Hui -

The Associated Press

A London police officer has admitted to raping and sexually assaulting a dozen women over a 17-year period, in what prosecutors have described as one of the most shocking cases involving an officer on duty.

David Carrick, 48, pleaded guilty to 49 counts Monday

, including 24 counts of rape and others including assault, attempted rape and false imprisonment.

The officer, who joined the London Metropolitan Police in 2001, had served in the parliamentary and diplomatic protection command.

The police department apologized to the victims after it emerged that

nine allegations of rape and other crimes were made against Carrick between 2000 and 2021

.

He was suspended until his arrest in 2021.

David CarrickHertfordshire Police via AP

Commissioner Barbara Gray called the case "devastating" and apologized for not suspending it sooner.

“It has had a devastating impact on the hard-earned confidence of women and girls.

He has destroyed colleagues," Gray said in a statement.

"He used the fact that he was a police officer to control and coerce his victims,"

​​he added.

"We should have caught the pattern of abusive behavior from him, and because we didn't, we missed opportunities to remove him from the organization."

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Authorities say Carrick met some of his victims through online dating sites or at social events, using his position as a police officer to gain their trust.

The women did not feel safe to report it earlier because Carrick assured them they would not be believed, Gray lamented.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was "absolutely disgusted and horrified" by the revelations.

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Mark Rowley, Scotland Yard's commissioner, acknowledged that it was a "spectacular failure" to allow Carrick to continue in the job.

"He was a police officer for 20 years and for much of that period he was a predatory rapist," Rowley said in an interview with the BBC.

Hundreds of complaints against police

London's Metropolitan Police, the country's largest law enforcement institution, said Tuesday it is reviewing more than 1,600 cases of alleged sexual assault and domestic violence involving its staff.

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Authorities indicated that they are investigating complaints filed against officers or other employees for domestic abuse or sexual assault from the past 10 years to determine if appropriate action was taken.

There are 1,633 cases involving 1,071 employees, they calculated.

Carrick's case has renewed criticism of the force for failing to improve its vetting measures and professional guidelines.

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"Londoners will be right to be shocked that this man has been able to work for the Metropolitan Police for so long, and serious questions need to be answered about how he was able to abuse his position as an officer in this horrendous way," Khan said.

Reports of misogyny and racism in the police have multiplied even as the institution has worked to regain public trust since the officer on duty, Wayne Couzins, was convicted of the kidnapping, rape and murder of Sarah Everard while returning home at night in London in 2021 in a case that sparked protests across the country.

Source: telemundo

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