West Yorkshire police officer cleared of rape allowed to go back on duty

PC Mark Carter.
PC Mark Carter.
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A police officer who was cleared of raping a man in a Leeds hotel room is back on duty.

West Yorkshire Police have confirmed that PC Mark Carter has been allowed to keep his job after being acquitted in June.

PC Carter, 28, a former Mr Gay UK, was cleared of charges of raping a man and carrying out two sexual assaults.

He was also charged with possessing the anabolic steroid stanozolol and had been due to face a trial but the Crown Prosecution Service discontinued that case.

The officer remained suspended by West Yorkshire Police until the conclusion of the drugs matter. Internal disciplinary action has now been taken but he has been allowed to keep his position.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman confirmed yesterday: “The internal disciplinary investigation has been concluded and dealt with by way of a disciplinary sanction. The officer has now returned to work.”

A jury returned not guilty verdicts on two rape and two sex assault charges alleged to have happened on the night of December 18 to 19 last year after a police Christmas night out.

He was alleged to have sexually assaulted three men earlier in 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.

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

The officer sobbed in the dock as the jury returned its verdicts.

His friends and family members cheered and applauded from the public gallery as he was cleared.

In an interview with the YEP after the case, PC Carter spoke of his nightmare at facing the charges. He said: “Throughout all of this my worst fear was that I could be sent to prison. I would often think it is a terrible situation for anyone to have to face time in prison, and then I would think of my situation.

“I knew exactly how my life would be inside – I was a police officer, I was openly gay and I had been accused of being a rapist. Almost certainly the top three things nobody would want attached to their name when entering prison. But with that said, I knew I was innocent of all the charges.”

Alex Newman, partner at Irwin Mitchell in Leeds

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