7 Jun 2013

New charges against Coronation Street actor

10:34 am on 7 June 2013

Coronation Street star William Roache has been charged with indecent assault in addition to an earlier charge of rape.

The actor has been charged with five counts of indecent assault involving four girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16 in the 1960s, the BBC reports.

Crown Prosecution Service said it was in the public interest for the prosecution to take place after reviewing evidence gathered by Lancashire Police.

Mr Roache, 81, appeared in court last month to deny two separate counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in Lancashire in 1967.

He is due to appear before Preston magistrates on Friday.

The latest charges he is facing relate to a period between 1965 and 1968. The assaults are alleged to have been committed in the Manchester area.

Nazir Afzal, chief crown prosecutor for CPS North West, said the allegations were made to police after Mr Roache was charged with rape.

An ITV spokesman has said the actor will not be appearing in Coronation Street until legal proceedings had concluded.