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Coronation Street actor Le Vell charged with 19 sexual offences including rape of child

By Mancunian Matters staff

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell has been charged with a string of child sex offences dating back 12 years.

The 47-year-old actor, whose real name is Michael Turner, has played garage mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV1 soap since 1983.

He has been charged with 19 offences including the rape of a child.

Alison Levitt, QC, principal legal advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions has been reviewing a file of evidence relating to allegations of sexual offences, which took place between 2001 and 2010.

She said: “I have very carefully reviewed the evidence in this case and I have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Michael Robert Turner with a number of sexual offences.”

“I have authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Mr Turner with 19 offences, including rape of a child.”

Mr le Velle, from Hale, was arrested in September 2011 over similar accusations but the case was dropped in January when the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was ‘insufficient evidence’ to take the matter to court.

Ms Levitt added: “Mr Turner has now been charged with criminal offences and has a right to a fair trial.

“It is vital that nothing is said, or reported, which could prejudice that trial. As proceedings are now active, it would be inappropriate to say anything further at this stage.”

The actor will appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on 27th February.

A spokeswoman for the Greater Manchester Police added: “Michael Turner has been charged with 19 offences including raping a child, indecently assaulting a child and sexual activity with a child.

“The charges, which were authorised by the CPS following a review of evidence, relate to offences against a child between 2001 and 2010.”

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