A predatory paedophile who sexually abused victims as young as five over a period of 20 years has been jailed for life.
Carson Grimes, 65, groomed his victims with money and food, then drugged them in what they called his “horror house” before abusing them.
The pensioner plied his victims with a powerful sedative, which would render them unconscious before he raped them, Bedfordshire Police said.
Luton Crown Court heard that the drugging alone placed his victims at significant risk of serious harm.
While the majority of his victims were aged between 10 and 14 at the time of their abuse, the youngest was abused when they were just five years old.
Bedfordshire Police launched one of its biggest ever child sexual exploitation (CSE) investigations in 2018 when one of the victims came forward to say he had been groomed and raped by Grimes in the early 1990s.
Personal impact statements from nine victims were read out in court this week, which spoke of the personal toll of the abuse that Grimes’ offending had had on them.
Many spoke of suffering from drug addiction and mental health issues, with many survivors saying they had attempted suicide.
Grimes deliberately targeted youngsters who he felt would not be believed by their families or the authorities if they reported the abuse, Bedfordshire Police said.
Channel 4 featured Grimes on 24 Hours in Police Custody this week, which has prompted a number of people to come forward to say they were also abused by him.
Grimes, of Dumfries Street, Luton, was this week jailed for life for 36 historic serious sexual offences, and must serve a minimum of 22 years.