Pictured: Pedophile Carson Grimes jailed for life after being convicted of 36 serious sex offenses at Luton Crown Court
A dangerous pedophile who for more than 20 years nursed, drugged and sexually abused a range of vulnerable boys and girls has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
Retired Carson Grimes was convicted of no fewer than 36 historic serious sex crimes after a jury trial.
The 65-year-old from Dumfries Street, Luton, will serve a minimum of 22 years in prison today after being convicted at Luton Crown Court.
While most of his victims were between the ages of 10 and 14 at the time of their abuse, Grimes started abusing his youngest victim when they were just five years old.
Investigators say the predator worked to gain the trust of its victims before inviting them into what his victims called the “horror house,” where he would drug and abuse them.
Bedfordshire Police launched one of the largest ever investigations into child sexual exploitation (CSE) in 2018 when one of his victims came forward to say he had been groomed and raped by Grimes in the early 1990s.
A Bedfordshire Police spokesperson said: ‘The Corps’ specialist CSE team then worked to identify and support further victims of Grimes’ abuse, building a clear picture of his exploitation.
Detectives have now urged all victims of sexual abuse to report to the police, regardless of when the abuse took place.
A number of people have come forward to say they were also abused by Grimes following media coverage of the case in both sentencing and an episode of Channel 4 documentary 24 Hours in Police Custody, which featured the case on Monday. used to be.’
Police launched one of the largest ever investigations into child sexual exploitation in 2018 when one of his victims came forward to say he had been groomed and raped by Grimes (pictured)
More victims reported to Bedfordshire Police after the investigation, which was featured on Channel 4’s 24 Hours in Police Custody (pictured) in a two-part episode concluding next week
Det Supt Steve Ashdown said: ‘Carson Grimes is one of the most dangerous, meanest and most prolific offenders I have seen in my police career.
“Our investigation has revealed a clear picture of a man who completely exploited boys and girls for his own sexual gratification, with a complete lack of morals and decency.
“I’m glad Judge Grimes has handed out such a hefty sentence today and that he no longer poses a threat to the most vulnerable in our society.”
The spokesperson said the police investigation revealed that Grimes gave his victims a potent sedative, which would knock them unconscious before he raped them.
The court heard that drugging alone put his victims at significant risk of serious injury.
Natania Loftman, one of the survivors of Grimes’ abuse, said: ‘We have closure as a collective now. We are a family that has come together through dark times to support each other.
Grimes (pictured in police station interview) deliberately targeted youths he believed would not be believed by their families or authorities if they reported the sexual abuse
Pictured: DC Rachael Foy and PC Gemma Bear make charges to Grimes in police interview
“I can’t blame the Bedfordshire Police. They have been there every step of the way and I have felt supported and protected.
“To all the other survivors I say this: you are strong, you can come forward and speak your truth.
“Opening that box may seem difficult, and after you open the box, it may still be difficult. You will have good days and bad – but just come forward and do it. You can do it.’
Police said nine victims had their personal impact statements read in court today, telling the personal toll of the abuse Grimes’ crime had taken on them.
Many spoke of suffering from drug addiction after being exposed to drugs for the first time by Grimes, as well as mental health issues. Many survivors said in their statements that they had attempted suicide.
A statement added: “Grimes deliberately targeted young people who he believed would not be believed by their families or authorities if they reported the abuse.
DS Foy, who was part of the investigative team, said the ‘devastating impact’ of Grimes’ predatory behavior can never be underestimated as his victims still bear the brunt today.
He invited them into what one of the victims described as a ‘horror house’, where the children would initially be cared for with money, food and what appeared to be a safe place to stay.
“Once he built the victim’s trust, Grimes started offering them alcohol before offering them cannabis and then working his way up to class A drugs.”
The Grimes investigation was featured on 24 Hours in Police Custody on Monday and a second part will be rebroadcast next Monday, with the program providing greater 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 divine complex and arrogance led him to believe he would not be caught, as he often tried to discredit victims and use their background against them.
“We can never underestimate the devastating impact of Grimes’ predatory behavior on his young victims, who have since carried the brunt of the horrific damage he inflicted on them well into adulthood.”