Cop in court accused of raping and sexually assaulting woman after night out with pals

A COP appeared in court today accused of raping a woman after a night out with pals.

Sergeant Ben Lister, 35, is also accused of sexually assaulting his alleged victim.

Both offences took place on the same night in August 2016, it is alleged.

Prosecutor Richard Davies said Lister attacked the woman after returning to an address at the end of the night.

Lister, of Bradford, West Yorks., is a serving police officer with the West Yorkshire Police force.

He appeared at Bradford Magistrates' Court for the brief hearing and spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.

Deputy Senior District Judge Tan Ikram granted Lister unconditional bail and sent the case to Bradford Crown Court on April 21.

He also imposed an order banning publication of his address.

The judge said: "I do so because of current heightened concern in relation to offences of this type, especially where it is alleged that the perpetrator of this crime is a serving police officer."

West Yorkshire Police said Lister, who was based at Bradford District, has been suspended from the force.

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