David Carrick, a 48-year-old London police officer, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for various rape and sex crimes. He must spend at least 30 years in prison before he could be paroled.

    Carrick was charged with 85 crimes, including 48 rapes, which took place between 2003 and 2020. During part of that period, he was part of an elite unit of the UK police force responsible for protecting the UK Parliament and diplomatic missions . Carrick took another course on domestic violence in 2005.

    The police missed nine chances to catch the serial rapist. He was finally arrested in October 2021 for a first rape charge. Other victims have since come forward. Carrick has pleaded guilty to 49 counts, including 24 counts of rape.

    Threaten with firearm

    Carrick victimized twelve women. He committed the offenses in Hertfordshire, where he lived. According to the verdict, the police officer repeatedly abused his position and ID to control and intimidate his victims. “He threatened his victims with a firearm. In addition, he has humiliated women on several occasions by locking them naked in a closet under the stairs or by urinating on them,” the verdict reads.

    The Carrick case sparked outrage across the country. The London police repeated its apology on Sunday. 1,633 cases of suspected sexual or domestic violence, involving more than 1,000 officers and police staff over the past decade, will be re-examined to ensure that the right decisions were made in the investigation at the time.