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British police officer pleads guilty to 49 counts of rape, sexual assault, and other crimes, as head of London’s Metropolitan Police says: ‘We’ve let women and girls down’

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A Metropolitan Police van drives through Piccadilly Circus at duskThe UK’s Metropolitan Police announced Monday that a policeman has pled guilty to dozens of counts of rape.

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  • David Carrick, a former British police officer, pled guilty to dozens of counts of rape and sexual assault.
  • Carrick, who will be sentenced February 6, vicitimzed 12 women over roughly 20 years, authorities said.
  • By failing to stop Carrick sooner, the head of the Metropolitan Police said the agency “let women and girls down.”

Britain’s Metropolitan Police announced Monday that a policeman with more than two decades of experience has pled guilty to dozens of counts of rape, sexual assault, false imprisonment, attempted rape, and other crimes.

David Carrick, 47, a former armed officer with the Metropolitan Police, pled guilty to six counts, including rape and sexual assault, at Southwark Crown Court in London on Monday. He previously pled guilty to committing 43 offenses — including 20 counts of rape and several counts of sexual assault as well as controlling or coercive behavior — in December, the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service said. He is set to be sentenced on February 6.

In total, Carrick, who held the rank of constable, has now pled guilty to 24 counts of rape and nine counts of sexual assault, among numerous other charges (a full list is available on the Crown Prosecution Service’s website). An investigation into his actions began in October 2021 after a woman reported him to police, leading a dozen other victims to come forward. He was arrested and suspended at that time.

The BBC reported that Carrick met victims on dating apps and bragged about high-profile friendships with people like the prime minster in a bid to lure women. Among other violent acts, he is accused of whipping a woman with a belt and imprisoning another in a cupboard in his house, the BBC said.

“I want to apologize the women who have suffered at the hands of David Carrick,” said Barbara Gray, assistant commissioner at the Metropolitan Police, in a statement. “I commend their outstanding bravery in coming forward and reporting the horrific crimes they were victims of.”

Complaints about Carrick’s behavior reached police over the years, but did not result in charges or punitive action.

Carrick was previously accused of domestic incidents, harassment, and assault against a coworker, and other disturbances like being removed from a nightclub while drunk, the police said. In 2019, he was accused of assault and grabbing a woman by her neck. Afterward, Carrick received “words of advice” about alerting his chain of command to off-duty incidents, but nothing further.

Reached by phone on Monday, the Metropolitan Police, commonly called the Met, referred Insider to statements on its website.

Police commissioner: ‘We’ve let women and girls down’

In a second statement, the chief of the Metropolitan Police took responsibility for Carrick’s evasion of the authorities for so long. Law enforcement hadn’t “applied the same sense of ruthlessness to guarding our own integrity that we routinely apply to confronting criminals,” and the police had “let women and girls down,” said Sir Mark Rowley, the Met commissioner who stepped into the post on September.

“I do understand also that this will lead to some women across London questioning whether they can trust the Met to keep them safe,” Rowley said. “We failed as investigators where we should have been more intrusive and joined the dots on this repeated misogyny over a couple decades,” he added. Rowley promised to “reform at speed.”

Sir Mark RowleySir Mark Rowley has served as the commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police since September.

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Going forward, the Metropolitan Police said, Carrick’s crimes have laid the foundation for new protocols to deal with offenders within law enforcement’s own ranks.

“Were these incidents to have occurred today, we are more confident they would have been identified as forming a pattern of behavior requiring further investigation,” the police said. “Cases where no further action is taken in relation to criminal allegations are now more likely to be further interrogated to identify any underlying concerns.”

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