Faced with overwhelming evidence, David Carrick, has now pleaded guilty to a total of 49 offences, including rape, sexual assault, coercive control and false imprisonment, following his appearance at Southwark Crown Court today (Monday 16 January).
In what became an intensive, thorough and fast-moving investigation, led by detectives from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit (BCH MCU), the Metropolitan Police officer (47) was arrested by Hertfordshire officers in October 2021, following a report of rape.
With the subsequent media interest in the case, more victims came forward and whilst being supported by specialist officers from the BCH MCU, reported further offences against him. The weight of their evidence was extremely powerful and today Hertfordshire Constabulary pays tribute to their courage and dignity.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Iain Moor, said: “I would like to commend all of the victims for their bravery in coming forward and would like to thank them for their courage in being prepared to take the stand to see justice served, if the case had gone to trial.
“They continue to be supported by specially trained officers and staff, and I hope this case will give anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault or rape in the past, and for whatever reason has not reported it, the courage to come forward.
“I would also like to commend my team who have worked incredibly hard to bring Carrick to justice. The police service is committed to tackling violence against women and girls in all its forms and I hope our response in this case serves to reassure victims of our commitment to them.”
David Carrick has pleaded guilty to 49 offences relating to 12 women between 2003 and 2020:
Twenty four counts of rape
Nine counts of sexual assault
Five counts of assault by penetration
Three counts of coercive and controlling behaviour
Three counts of false imprisonment
Two counts of attempted rape
One count of attempted sexual assault by penetration
One count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent
One count of indecent assault
DCI Moor added: “At no stage did Carrick give any consideration to the impact his brutal actions might have on his victims, and now he is facing a significant term in jail and being placed on the sex offender’s register.
“The details of David Carrick’s crimes are truly shocking, and I suspect many will be appalled and sickened by his actions, but I hope his victims, and the public more widely, are reassured that no-one is above the law and that the police service will relentlessly pursue those offenders who target women in this way.”
Carrick will reappear at Southwark Crown Court on Monday 6 February, for a sentencing hearing which is expected to last for two days.
If you believe you may be a victim of sexual violence committed by David Carrick then police are asking you to contact them using the following link: Public Portal (mipp.police.uk)