Paedophile who abused children over two decades is jailed for life
Dangerous paedophile, 65, who abused children over two decades after plying them with drugs and alcohol is jailed for life
- Carson Grimes was convicted of 36 serious sexual offences following a jury trial
- The 65-year-old, from Luton, was jailed for life and must serve 22 years minimum
- Court heard most victims were aged between 10 and 14 but the youngest was 5
- Grimes plied victims with drugs and alcohol before abusing them at his home
- Others came forward after case featured on Ch 4’s 24 Hours in Police Custody
Pictured: Paedophile Carson Grimes has been jailed for life after being convicted of 36 serious sexual offences at Luton Crown Court
A dangerous paedophile who groomed, drugged and sexually abused a series of vulnerable boys and girls over 20 years, was today jailed for life
Pensioner Carson Grimes was convicted of a staggering 36 historic serious sexual offences by a jury following a trial.
The 65-year-old, of Dumfries Street, Luton, will serve a minimum of 22 years in prison following his sentencing at Luton Crown Court today.
While most of his victims were aged between 10 and 14 years at the time of their abuse, Grimes began abusing his youngest victim when they were just five years old.
Investigators say the predator worked to gain his victims’ trust before inviting them into what his victims called the ‘horror house’ where he would ply them with drugs and abuse them.
Bedfordshire Police launched one of its biggest ever child sexual exploitation (CSE) investigations in 2018 when one of his victims came forward to say he had been groomed and raped by Grimes in the early 1990s.
A spokesman for Bedfordshire Police said: ‘The force’s specialist CSE team then worked to identify and support further victims of Grimes’ abuse, building up a clear picture of his exploitation.
‘Detectives have now urged any sexual abuse victims to come forward to police, regardless of when the abuse happened.
‘A number of people have come forward to say they were also abused by Grimes following media coverage of the case at both conviction and then an episode of Channel 4 documentary 24 Hours in Police Custody, which featured the case on Monday.’
Police launched one of its biggest ever child sexual exploitation investigations in 2018 when one of his victims came forward to say he had been groomed and raped by Grimes (pictured)
More victims came forward to Bedfordshire Police after the investigation featured on Channel 4’s 24 Hours in Police Custody (pictured) in a two-part episode which will conclude next week
Det Supt Steve Ashdown said: ‘Carson Grimes is one of the most dangerous, vile and prolific offenders I have seen in my policing career.
‘Our investigation established a clear picture of a man who exploited boys and girls entirely for his own sexual gratification, displaying a complete absence of morals and decency.
‘I am glad that the judge has imposed such a significant sentence on Grimes today and that he no longer poses a danger to the most vulnerable in our society.’
The spokesman said that the police investigation established that Grimes plied his victims with a powerful sedative, which would render them unconscious before he raped them.
The court heard that the drugging alone placed his victims at significant risk of serious harm.
Natania Loftman, one of the survivors of Grimes’ abuse, said: ‘We’ve got closure now as a collective. We are a family who has come together through dark times to support each other.
Grimes (pictured in interview at the police station) deliberately targeted youngsters who he felt would not be believed by their families or the authorities if they reported the sexual abuse
Pictured: DC Rachael Foy and PC Gemma Bear put allegations to Grimes in police interview
‘I cannot fault Bedfordshire Police. They have been there every step of the way and I have felt supported and protected.
‘To any other survivors I say this: you are strong, you can come forward and speak your truth.
‘To open that box might seem hard, and after you open the box it might still be hard. You will have good days and bad days – but just come forward and do it. You can do it.’
The force said nine victims had their personal impact statements read out at court today, telling the personal toll of the abuse that Grimes’ offending had had on them.
Many spoke of suffering from drug addiction after first being exposed to drugs by Grimes, as well as having mental health issues. Many survivors in their statements said they had attempted suicide.
A statement added: ‘Grimes deliberately targeted youngsters who he felt would not be believed by their families or the authorities if they reported the abuse.
DS Foy, who was part of the investigation team, said the ‘devastating impact’ of Grimes’ predatory behaviour can never be underestimated as his victims still carry the burden today
‘He would invite them to what was described as a “horror house” by one of the victims, where the children would initially be groomed with money, food and what was on the face of it a safe place to stay.
‘Once he had built up the victim’s trust, Grimes would begin offering them alcohol first of all, before offering them cannabis and then working up to Class A drugs.’
The investigation into Grimes featured on 24 Hours in Police Custody on Monday and a second part will air again on Monday next week, with the programme giving further insight into the investigation and giving a voice to victims.
Detective Sergeant Rachael Foy said: ‘Grimes preyed on young and vulnerable victims for his own twisted gratification.
‘His God-like complex and arrogance led him to believe that he would not get caught, as he often tried to discredit victims and use their backgrounds against them.
‘We can never underestimate the devastating impact of Grimes’ predatory behaviour on his young victims, who have since carried the burden of the terrible harm he inflicted on them well into adulthood.’
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