A MAN accused of raping a woman he met on an internet dating website has been cleared of all charges.

Christopher Schubert, who had described himself as a 'big cuddly bear looking for his mate' online, had always denied rape and assault by penetration.

Prosecutors at Oxford Crown Court had claimed that the 44-year-old of Orchard Close, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, met his victim on match.com before going to her home and raping her.

Mr Schubert meanwhile took to the witness box to profess his innocence.

READ AGAIN: Mr Schubert takes to the witness box to defend himself.

He said during his trial that the woman - who cannot be named for legal reasons - 'enjoyed' the intimacy and showed no signs she was not consenting.

Yesterday as his trial came to an end jurors took four hours and four minutes to find him not guilty of two counts of rape and two counts of assault by penetration alleged to have occurred in January last year.

After the verdicts were given at court Mr Schubert broke down in tears and loudly sobbed.

Presiding Judge Nigel Daly told jurors: "As you can see trials with allegations such as these are very emotional affairs.

"It's something which is very difficult to do, we greatly appreciate you have come to this court as members of the public to try other members of the public. If you didn't do that then the criminal justice system simply could not continue."