‘Mr Gay UK’ cleared of sex assault charges

Date:16th June 2011.'Mark Carter, (centre) leaving Leeds Crown Court after his hearing.
Date:16th June 2011.'Mark Carter, (centre) leaving Leeds Crown Court after his hearing.

A POLICE officer and former Mr Gay UK wept in the dock as he was cleared of raping a man and carrying out two sexual assaults.

Supporters of PC Mark Carter clapped and cheered in the public gallery as a jury cleared him of a number of counts at Leeds Crown Court.

PC Carter, 28, was accused of sexually assaulting three men and raping a fourth while on a Christmas night out with colleagues.

He was cleared of two rape charges and two sexual assault charges last Thursday.

The jury failed to reach a verdict on another sexual assault charge.

A decision on whether to proceed with a retrial on that charge is being considered by the Crown Prosecution Service.

PC Carter, of Station Lane, Birkenshaw, met the man in Loft Bar in Queens Court, Leeds, while he was on a night out on December 28, 2009.

They they ended up walking back to the Etap hotel in the city centre.

He was alleged to have dragged him by the hair into the hotel room, punched him, bitten his shoulder and raped him. He was also said to have groped three other men during the night out.

Giving evidence he told the jury of the effect the allegations had on his life.

He said: “It had a devastating effect on me. It turned my whole life upside down. I embarked on an absolute living nightmare.”

PC Carter won the tile of Mr Gay UK in 2006 at the Flamingo Club in Blackpool where he competed against 25 other contestants to win £5,000 worth of prizes.

He went on to reach the semi finals of Mr Gay Europe, where he was pipped to the post in the final round.

He has supported long-distance charity runs in Huddersfield including running from Bradford central police station to Huddersfield to raise awareness and funding for the Anthony Nolan Trust, which runs one of the UK’s two bone marrow registers.

PC Carter was inspired by the campaign of journalist Adrian Sudbury, who died at the age of just 27 after losing his fight against two forms of leukaemia.

He also aimed to highlight the work of the Brunswick Centre, a charity that supports gay men in Kirklees.