'Coronation Street' actor faces new charges
FILE - This May 14, 2013 file photo shows actor William Roache arriving at Preston Magistrates court to face charges of raping a 15-year-old girl, Preston, England. The 81-year-old actor, who has played Ken Barlow in the TV soap Coronation Street has been charged with two counts of rape against his alleged victim in 1967. Roache was charged Thursday, June 6, with five counts of indecent assault on young girls dating back to the 1960s. Prosecutor Nazir Afzal said Thursday the allegations of indecent assault were made to police after Roache was charged with rape in May. (AP Photo/Jon Super, file)
LONDON (AP) — A longtime star of British soap opera "Coronation Street" already facing trial for rape was charged Thursday with five counts of indecent assault on young girls dating back to the 1960s.
The charges against 81-year-old William Roache come on top of two counts of rape the soap actor already is facing involving a 15-year-old girl about three decades ago.
Prosecutor Nazir Afzal said the allegations of indecent assault were made to police after Roache was charged with rape in May. He said the five charges of indecent assault relate to four different girls, between the ages of 11 or 12 and 17 at the times of the alleged offenses. Three of the offenses allegedly took place in 1965 and two in 1968, he added in a statement.
Roache, who has played Ken Barlow on the series since its first episode in 1960, will appear in court Friday. He has previously vowed to fight the rape charges.
"Coronation Street," set in a fictional working-class district in northwestern England, is among the longest-running programs on British television. Roache won't appear on the soap while legal proceedings are ongoing.