Leeds & West Yorkshire

Drug charges against West Yorkshire Pc Mark Carter dropped

Pc Mark Carter
Image caption PC Carter said the allegations against him had a "devastating" impact on his life

A police officer and former Mr Gay UK, who was cleared of raping a man in June, has had the remaining charges against him dropped.

PC Mark Carter, 28, was due to face trial later this year on separate charges of possessing the anabolic steroid stanozolol.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it was satisfied Mr Carter's use of the drug was for medicinal purposes.

Pc Carter, from Bradford, remains suspended by West Yorkshire Police.

Peter Mann, head of West Yorkshire CPS's complex casework unit, said: "Having carefully considered expert evidence, we are satisfied that Mr Carter's use of the drugs was for a medicinal purpose within the terms of the Medicines Act 1968."

Pc Carter went on trial at Leeds Crown Court earlier this year charged with 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 but the jury failed to reach a verdict on another sexual assault charge and this was not proceeded with.

When he gave evidence in the trial, the officer described the "devastating" impact the allegations of rape and sexual assault had on his life.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said Pc Carter remains suspended.

He added: "This case involves an allegation relating to the possession of steroids. A decision regarding disciplinary action remains under consideration."

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