LONDON — A former London police officer was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison with a minimum term of 30 years for raping and sexually assaulting a dozen women over a 17-year period.

Metropolitan Police officer David Carrick, 48, admitted last month that he was a serial rapist in what prosecutors described as one of the most shocking cases involving an on-duty police officer.

Carrick, who joined the force in 2001, has pleaded guilty to 49 counts, including 24 counts of rape and charges including assault, attempted rape and false imprisonment. His crimes took place between 2003 and 2020.

Protesters outside Southwark Crown Court in London on February 6, 2023 during the two-day sentencing of serial rapist police officer David Carrick.
Protesters outside Southwark Crown Court in London on Monday during the two-day sentencing of serial rapist police officer David Carrick.Adrian Dennis / AFP – Getty Images

During Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, Judge Bobbie Cheema-Grubb said the former officer «monstrously took advantage of women» behind a public veneer of propriety and reliability.

“You blatantly raped and sexually assaulted multiple women, some very brutally, and you behaved as if you were untouchable. You were bold and at times ruthless, confident that no victim would overcome their shame and fear to report you,» the judge told Carrick.

«For nearly two decades, you’ve been proven right, but now a combination of those 12 women, by coming forward, and your police colleagues, by acting on their evidence, have exposed and humiliated you,» he added.

Authorities said Carrick used his status as a police officer to control and coerce his victims.

The Metropolitan Police said his crimes had a «devastating impact» on the force and apologized to the victims after it emerged that nine allegations of rape and other offenses were made against Carrick between 2000 and 2021. He was only suspended from force after his arrest. for an allegation of rape in 2021.