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Corrie star denies sex claim...File photo dated 25/2/2010 of Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell who has said he 'strenuously' denies an allegation that he assaulted a schoolgirl, adding that he would 'do everything in my power to prove my innocence". PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday October 6, 2011. See PA story POLICE LeVell. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire...A

Corrie star denies sex claim...File photo dated 25/2/2010 of Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell who has said he 'strenuously' denies an allegation that he assaulted a schoolgirl, adding that he would 'do everything in my power to prove my innocence". PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday October 6, 2011. See PA story POLICE LeVell. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire...A

Corrie star denies sex claim...File photo dated 25/2/2010 of Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell who has said he 'strenuously' denies an allegation that he assaulted a schoolgirl, adding that he would 'do everything in my power to prove my innocence". PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday October 6, 2011. See PA story POLICE LeVell. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire...A

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell, who plays garage boss Kevin Webster in the TV soap, has been charged with child sex offences.

Le Vell (48), whose real name is Michael Turner, is accused of 19 sex offences, including raping a child, indecently assaulting a child and sexual activity with a child.

He will appear in court in two weeks' time, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

He was first arrested in September 2011 and questioned over alleged child sex offences, but the matter was later dropped.

But late last night GMP said the actor, from Hale, Cheshire, had been charged with sex offences against a youngster after a review of evidence by lawyers from the Crown Prosecution Service.

Alison Levitt, legal adviser to the Director of Public Prosecutions, had reviewed a file of evidence in relation to allegations of sexual offences and looked again at a decision previously made not to prosecute.

Ms Levitt 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."

Father

Le Vell, a father of two, was not charged with offences after his initial arrest in September 2011 and the investigation was dropped three months later in late December, when the authorities said there would be no further action taken against him as there was not enough evidence to charge him.

At the time the actor said he was "delighted" to have been "completely exonerated", thanked police for their "thorough" investigation and Coronation Street staff and the public for their support.

Le Vell vowed to put the allegations behind him and returned to the show after a short break and is now currently involved in some of the soap's main storylines.

He began his acting career in the Oldham Theatre Workshop after taking an interest in amateur dramatics while at school.

He first joined the soap in 1983 and quickly endeared himself to fans who have followed the trials and tribulations of Kevin, from Brian Tilsley's apprentice mechanic through to his stormy marriage to Sally, played by Sally Dynevor.

The actor split from his wife Janette Beverley last year.

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