Feb 15 2013 By Cheryl Mullin
CORORNATION Street actor Michael Le Vell, who has been charged with child sex offences, will not be appearing in any further episodes pending the outcome of legal proceedings, ITV said.
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.
An ITV spokesman said: “Given the serious nature of these charges, Michael Le Vell will not be appearing in Coronation Street pending the outcome of legal proceedings. It would not be appropriate for us to comment further at this time.”
Le Vell, a stalwart on the popular ITV series, 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 (CPS).
A spokeswoman from GMP said: “A man has been charged with 19 child sex offences.
“Michael Turner, of Byrom Street, Hale, has been charged with 19 offences including raping a child, indecently assaulting a child and sexual activity with a child.
“He is due to appear at Manchester Magistrates (court) on Wednesday, February 27.
“The charges, which were authorised by the CPS following a review of evidence, relate to offences against a child between 2001 and 2010.”