Mr Gay UK policeman cleared of Leeds rape and sex assaults

PC Mark Carter.
PC Mark Carter.
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A West Yorkshire police officer has been found not guilty of raping a man in a Leeds hotel room.

PC Mark Carter, a former Mr Gay UK winner, was yesterday (Thursday, June 16) cleared by a jury of two charges of rape and two sexual assaults, which were alleged to have happened after a police night out.

The jury of nine men and three women were unable to reach a verdict on a third charge of sexual assault and were discharged after deliberating for more than five hours.

PC Carter was granted bail until Friday, June 24, to hear whether the Crown Prosecution Service will seek another re-trial over the outstanding sex assault charge.

The 28-year-old officer sobbed in the dock and at one point made retching sounds as the jury returned its verdict.

PC Carter’s friends and family members cheered and applauded from the public gallery as he was cleared. The officer declined to comment after the hearing but waved to photographers and cameramen as he left Leeds Crown Court.

After the nine-day trial, a West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “This was a sensitive enquiry which resulted in a thorough investigation after which the evidence was put before the court. The Force continues to expect the highest standards of behaviour from officers.”

PC Carter, of Birkenshaw, has been suspended from duty while the case is heard.

The trial heard the incident was alleged to have happened on the night of December 18 to 19 when PC Carter had been out with a large group of friends.

He was alleged to sexually assaulted three men earlier the evening before raping a 22-year-old man in the room the officer was staying in at the Etap hotel in Leeds city centre.

Giving evidence during the trial, PC Carter told the jury he believed the 22-year-old had willingly gone back with him to the hotel to have sex.

Prosecutor Sarah Wright said she was not in a position to indicate whether a further trial would go ahead and the case was adjourned.

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