A Met police officer accused of raping a woman in a hotel room after meeting through a dating website boasted about guarding the Prime Minister, it is understood.
PC David Carrick, 46, allegedly carried out the sex attack in the early hours of the morning on September 5 last year.
The officer worked in the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command and the same unit as Sarah Everard’s killer Wayne Couzens.
Carrick has been suspended from duty pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings, the court heard.
The alleged victim met Carrick on a dating website on September 1 last year, and went on a date with him on September 4.
They went to a second public house and ended up at a Premier Inn hotel where the attack is said to have taken place.
Ryan Dowding, for Carrick, confirmed he will deny the charge, adding: ‘It is inappropriate to make any comparisons to the horrific crimes of Mr Couzens.’
Carrick, of Stevenage, Herts, spoke only to confirm his identity appearing via videolink at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court.
The officer is charged with one count of rape of a woman over 16.
He was remanded in custody by Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring ahead of his next hearing at St Albans Crown Court on November 1.