PC David Carrick will appear via video link at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court on Monday (Picture: Getty)
A serving Metropolitan Police officer from the same unit as Sarah Everard’s killer Wayne Couzens has been charged with rape.
PC David Carrick, 46, from Stevenage, was arrested in Hertfordshire on Saturday and suspended from the force.
He remains in custody and is due to appear at Hatfield Remand Court via video-link on Monday morning.
PC Carrick was based within the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command.
The officer was off-duty in Hertfordshire at the time the alleged offence is said to have taken place, on September 4 last year.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said: ‘I am deeply concerned to hear the news today that an officer from the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command has been arrested and now charged with this serious offence.
‘I fully recognise the public will be very concerned too.
‘Criminal proceedings must now take their course so I am unable to comment any further at this stage.’
The force said it awaits the outcome of criminal proceedings, adding that a referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
Malcom McHaffie, the chief crown prosecutor of CPS Thames and Chiltern, said: ‘The CPS has today authorised Hertfordshire Constabulary to charge serving Metropolitan Police officer David Carrick, 46, with one count of rape following an alleged attack on a woman on the night of September 4, 2020.
‘The defendant’s first court appearance will take place via video link at 10am tomorrow at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court.
‘The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendant are active and that he has a right to a fair trial.
‘It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.’
It comes three days after Couzens was handed a whole life sentence for the kidnap, rape and murder of 33-year-old Ms Everard in a case which shocked the nation.
He exploited his position to falsely arrest the marketing executive for supposedly breaching Covid regulations as she walked home from a friend’s house in March.
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