Mr Gay UK police officer denies rape charges

A police officer and former Mr Gay UK today denied a number of sex offences, including raping another man.

Pc Mark Carter, 27, was charged after an incident at a hotel in Leeds city centre on December 19 last year.

He appeared at Leeds Crown Court today and pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape and three sexual assaults.

In a brief hearing, the court was told the charges involved four different alleged victims and are said to have taken place between December 18 and 19 last year.

Carter stood in front of the dock wearing a navy blue suit, white shirt and striped tie.

He spoke only to confirm his personal details and to enter his plea.

The officer, who has been suspended by West Yorkshire Police, was given conditional bail and told to appear again at Leeds Crown Court on December 13 for trial.

Carter is also charged with possessing the class C body building drug Stanazol, also on December 19.

In relation to the alleged drugs offence, he was given unconditional bail to appear at the Crown Court again on December 13 when his trial begins.

Pc Carter was crowned Mr Gay UK in 2006 at the Flamingo Club in Blackpool.

He was said to have had the full backing of West Yorkshire Police.

He beat 25 other contestants to win £5,000 of prizes.