A Metropolitan Police officer has been charged with raping a woman on Brighton beach, while another is on trial charged with 21 counts of rape over 17 years.
Sergeant Laurence Knight was arrested on July 28 last year after a woman reported being raped on the beach 11 days earlier.
He was released on bail while investigations continued and has now been charged by Sussex Police. He will appear in Brighton & Hove Magistrates’ Court on June 23.
The officer, who was attached to the Met Detention (which deals with custody units), was suspended from duty.
Meanwhile, PC David Carrick, an armed officer who served with the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command and worked on the Parliamentary Estate, appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday via video link from Belmarsh Jail.
He pleaded not guilty to 15 counts, including eight counts of rape, two counts of assault by penetration, four counts of sexual assault and attempted rape against five women.
The charges include allegations that Carrick, who has been suspended by the Met, raped a woman in the woods and sexually assaulted her by urinating on her and hitting her with a belt.
He previously denied 29 other charges and now faces a total of 44 charges between March 2004 and September 2020.
These are: 21 counts of rape; nine counts of sexual assault; five counts of assault by penetration; three counts of coercive and controlling behavior; two counts of false imprisonment; two counts of attempted rape; one count of attempted sexual assault by penetration; and one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without their consent.
The indictment alleges that some women were repeatedly raped, sexually assaulted and forced to perform degrading sexual acts by Carrick, while one woman was allegedly falsely imprisoned in a closet under the stairs.
The trial begins next February at Southwark Crown Court.