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British Soap Actor William Roache Charged with Rape

William Roache | Photo Credits: Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesWilliam Roache | Photo Credits: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

British soap star William Roache, who's the world's longest-serving soap actor, was charged Wednesday with two counts of rape against an underage girl, according to Reuters.

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Roache, who plays Ken Barlow on the British soap Coronation Street, is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl in 1967, Reuters reports.

Roache, 81, has a court appearance scheduled for May 14. He has not made any comment since he was arrested Wednesday.