Cleared PC is back at work

Date:16th June 2011.'Mark Carter, leaving Leeds Crown Court after his hearing.
Date:16th June 2011.'Mark Carter, leaving Leeds Crown Court after his hearing.
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A BIRKENSHAW policeman who was cleared of rape is back at work.

PC Mark Carter was found not guilty of rape and two sexual assault charges in June.

The attacks were alleged to have taken place while PC Carter, 28, of Station Lane, Birkenshaw, was on a Christmas night out in Leeds with colleagues on December 18, 2009.

After the not guilty verdict the Crown Prosecution Service said it would not be pursuing another charge of sexual assault which the jury had not decided on, and PC Carter was formally found not guilty.

He had also been charged with possessing stanozolol, an anabolic steroid, and was due to face trial earlier this year.

But in September last year the allegation was dropped.

Peter Mann, head of the complex casework unit at West Yorkshire Crown Prosecution Service, said police were satisfied PC Carter’s use of the drug was for a medicinal purpose within the terms of the Medicines Act 1968.

PC Carter, who came out in 2005, is a former holder of the Mr Gay UK title.

He has been a champion of gay rights, and has been involved in numerous charity events.

After the drugs verdict he thanked everyone who had stood by him, adding: “These people have supported me in what can only be described as a living nightmare.”

PC Carter remained suspended from his post but has returned to his job in the last few weeks.

A police spokesman said: “The internal disciplinary investigation has been concluded and dealt with by way of a disciplinary sanction. The officer has now returned to work.”