PC Mark Carter, the winner of the 2006 Mr Gay UK title has returned to police work this week after being cleared of charges that he raped a man and sexually assaulted two others in 2009.

PC Carter, from Birkenshaw, was cleared in June of three counts of sexual assault and one count of rape.

Suspended from West Yorkshire Police, he was due to face trial for possessing the anabolic steroid stanozolol, but in September, the Crown Prosecution Service said it was satisfied he was using the drug for medicinal purposes.

The 29-year-old told ITV Calendar News when his name was cleared: “After nearly two years of wait, I have now been found not guilty of all charges held against me.”

“I would like to thank all those who have stood by me: my legal team, West Yorkshire Police Federation, my family and friends and my work colleagues. These people have supported me in what can only be described as a living nightmare.”

He returned to police service after some disciplinary action was taken; further details were not given. A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: “The internal disciplinary investigation has been concluded and dealt with by way of a disciplinary sanction.

“The officer has now returned to work.”