Coronation Street's Michael Le Vell in court on child sex charges

Michael Le Vell arriving at court Mr Le Vell, whose real name is Michael Turner, faces 19 charges

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell has appeared in court charged with 19 sexual offences against a child.

Mr Le Vell, 48, whose real name is Michael Turner, faced the charges at Manchester Magistrates' Court.

The alleged offences date between 2001 and 2010 and include six charges of rape, six of indecent assault and seven of sexual touching.

The actor, who plays Kevin Webster in the ITV soap, was bailed to appear at Manchester Crown Court on 20 March.

Mr Le Vell, of Hale in Trafford, spoke only to confirm his details in court and did not enter a plea.

His solicitor said that the charges would be "fully contested" at the crown court.

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