Michael Le Vell suspended from Coronation Street
Michael Le Vell will not appear in 'Coronation Street' while he faces 19 charges of child sex offences
Michael Le Vell will not appear in 'Coronation Street' while he faces child sex offence charges.
The 48-year-old actor - who has played mechanic Kevin Webster on the ITV soap for 30 years - was held yesterday (14.02.13) on 19 child sex offences and will be suspended from work pending his case.
He is next due in magistrates court in Manchester on February 27.
A spokesperson for ITV said: "Coronation 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."
Michael - a father of two whose real name is Michael Turner - was first arrested and questioned over alleged child offences in September 2011, but he strenuously denied the claims and the matter was later dropped.
However, after a review of the evidence, he has now been charged over the alleged offences, relating to incidents from 2001 to 2010.
Alison Levitt QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions, said yesterday (14.02.13): "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 (GMP) to charge Mr Turner with 19 offences, including rape of a child."
A spokeswoman from GMP said: "A man has been charged with 19 child sex offences.
"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."