A Metropolitan Police officer on duty was charged with rape.
PC David Carrick, 46, of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, will video-link in front of Hatfield Magistrates’ Court on Monday, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.
Scotland Yard said Pc Carrick, who is stationed in the Met Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, was charged with rape by the Hertfordshire Constabulary on Sunday.
The officer was not on duty in Hertfordshire at the time, police said.
PC Carrick was arrested by the Hertfordshire Constabulary on October 2nd and suspended by the Metropolitan Police the same day.
Police said they were awaiting the outcome of the criminal case and added that a referral had been made to the Independent Police Conduct Department.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said: “I am deeply concerned to hear the news today that an official from the Met Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command has been arrested and charged with this serious crime.
“I know that the public will also be very concerned.
“The criminal case has to take its course now, so I cannot comment on it at this point in time.”
Malcom McHaffie, Chief Prosecutor of CPS Thames and Chiltern, said: “The CPS today authorized the Hertfordshire Constabulary to appoint serving Metropolitan Police Officer David Carrick, 46, for an alleged assault on a woman on the night of September 19, 2020 .
“The defendant’s first appearance in court will be tomorrow at 10am via video link at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court.
“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds everyone involved that the defendant is under criminal investigation and has a right to a fair trial.
“It is extremely important that there are no reports, comments or exchanges of information online that could interfere with this process in any way.”
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