July 2021

Prolific paedophile convicted of raping and sexually abusing vulnerable children

A paedophile who preyed on vulnerable children as young as five years old over a 20 year period, grooming them and then sexually abusing them, has been convicted of rape, indecent assault and indecency with children.

Carson Grimes (also known as Carson Phillips) from Luton was found guilty of 42 sexual offences against 12 children.

The court was told that he gained his victims’ trust by providing them with what they wanted – which sometimes included paid work – so that they would visit him regularly.

He spiked their drinks with sedatives on some occasions before attacking them, and would threaten violence against them and their families to ensure they would not speak out.

Carson Grimes, 65, targeted both male and female children aged between 5 and 15 from disadvantaged backgrounds, often luring them to his home in Luton with free drugs and alcohol, before abusing them.

The jury at Luton Crown Court heard first-hand statements from nine victims and several witnesses about the attacks, which took place between 1982 and 2002.

Though Grimes denied all the charges, he was found guilty on 16 July of:

  • 11 counts of child rape;

  • 8 counts of buggery, an offence which was re-classified as rape in 1994;

  • 11 counts of indecent assault against a child

  • 6 counts of indecency with a child.

Many were of the children were vulnerable and from dysfunctional homes who he had found sniffing glue, smoking cannabis and getting into trouble with the police. Grimes plied them with drink and drugs before subjecting them to horrific sexual abuse and rape.