Image: Pedophile Carson Grimes has been sentenced to life imprisonment after pleading guilty to 36 serious sex offences at Luton Crown Court.
A dangerous pedophile who framed, drugged and sexually abused a series of vulnerable boys and girls over the age of 20 was today sentenced to life in prison.
After a trial, a jury indicted pensioner Carson Grimes of 36 historically serious sex crimes.
The 65-year-old from Dumfries Street, Luton, will serve at least 22 years in prison after his sentencing at Luton Crown Court today.
While most of his victims were between 10 and 14 years old at the time of his abuse, Grimes began abusing his youngest victim when he was just five years old.
Investigators say the hunters acted to gain the trust of their victims before inviting their victims to a ‘horror house’ where he would present them with drugs and abuse them.
Bedfordshire Police launched its largest child sexual abuse (CSE) investigation to date in 2018, when one of its victims came forward to say that she was framed and raped by Grimes in the early 1990s.
A spokesman for Bedfordshire Police said: ‘The force’s expert CSE team then worked to identify and support victims of Grimes’ abuse, creating a clearer picture of their exploitation.
‘Detectives now urge victims of any sexual abuse to come before the police, regardless of when the abuse occurred.
‘Many have come forward to say that they were also abused by Grimes following media coverage of the case on both convictions and then an episode of the Channel 4 documentary 24 Hours in Police Custody, which featured the case on Monday.’
Police launched their largest child sex abuse investigation ever in 2018 when one of their victims came forward to say she was framed and raped by Grimes (pictured)
More victims turn to Bedfordshire Police after an investigation featured on Channel 4’s 24 Hours of Police Custody (pictured) in a two-part episode ending next week.
Debt superintendent Steve Ashdown said: ‘Carson Grimes is one of the most dangerous, despicable and prolific criminals I have seen in my policing career.
‘Our investigation established a clear picture of a man who thoroughly exploited boys and girls for his sexual gratification, displayed a complete lack of morals and decency.
‘I am glad that the judge today handed down such an important sentence on Grimes and that he is no longer a threat to the most vulnerable in our society.’
The spokesman said the police investigation established that Grimes gave his victims a powerful sedative that would make them unconscious before being raped.
The court heard that drugging alone put his victims at significant risk of serious harm.
One of Grimes’ abuse survivors, Natania Loftman, said: ‘We as a collective are now closed. We are a family that has come together in dark times to support each other.
Grimes (pictured in the interview at the police station) intentionally targeted youths whom she felt would not be trusted if their families or authorities reported sexual abuse.
Pictured: DC Rachel Foy and PC Gemma Byers accuse Grimes in police interview
‘I cannot blame the Bedfordshire Police. They have been there every step of the way and I feel supported and protected.
‘To any other survivors I say this: You are strong, you can come forward and speak your truth.
‘Opening that box can feel hard, and it can be hard even after you open the box. You will have good days and bad days – but just go ahead and do it. You can do this.’
The force said the personal effects statements of the nine victims, read out in court today, explained the personal toll of Grimes’ humiliation.
Many spoke of suffering from drug addiction after Grimes first came into contact with the drug, as well as mental health issues. Several survivors said in their statements that they had attempted suicide.
A statement said: ‘Grimes deliberately targeted youths who she felt would not be trusted by their families or authorities if they reported abuse to their families or authorities.
DS Foy, who was part of the investigation team, said the “devastating impact” of Grimes’ violent behavior could never be underestimated as his victims still carry the burden.
’ He would invite them to what is described by one of the victims as a “horror house”, where the children would be initially outfitted with money, food and, to its face, a safe place to live.
‘Once he has built up the victim’s trust, Grimes will first start offering them alcohol, first offering them cannabis and then working up to Class A drugs.’
Grimes’ investigation was shown in 24-hour police custody on Monday, and the second part will re-air next week on Monday, with the program providing further insight into the investigation and giving voices to the victims.
Detective Sergeant Rachel Foy said: ‘Grimes hunts young and vulnerable victims for his own twisted gratification.
‘His God-like complex and arrogance made him believe he would not be caught, as he often tried to defame victims and use their background against them.
‘We can never underestimate the devastating impact of Grimes’ violent behavior on our young victims, who have since carried the burden of the horrific harm inflicted upon them into adulthood.’