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Andrew Lancel, 42, arrives at Liverpool Crown Court

Andrew Lancel, 42, arrives at Liverpool Crown Court

Andrew Lancel, 42, arrives at Liverpool Crown Court

A FORMER Coronation Street actor "used his status to flatter and gain the trust" of a 14-year-old boy whom he went on to indecently assault on numerous occasions, a court has heard.

Andrew Lancel (42), inset, from Liverpool, England, was charged last November under his real name Andrew Watkinson. He is best known for his role as Frank Foster in the TV soap.

Lancel, who pleaded not guilty to six counts of indecent assault of a child under the age of 16, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court for the first day of his trial.

The actor leaned forward as the case against him was outlined by Kim Whittlestone, prosecuting. The offences allegedly took place between 1993 and 1994 when the boy was aged 14 and 15.

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