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Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell leaves Manchester Magistrates Court where he made his first court appearance accused of child sex offences. Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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Corrie star makes first court appearance on child sex charges

Michael Le Vell (48) appeared in court today.

CORONATION ST STAR Michael Le Vell appeared in court today, where he was charged with 19 sexual offences against a child.

It was his first court appearance facing the charges.

BBC News reports that Le Vell (real name Michael Turner) did not enter a formal plea, but it is expected all charges would be contested.

Le Vell was released on bail and will appear again in court on 20 March.

He is accused of carrying out the offences between 2001 and 2010.

The announcement follows a review of a decision not to prosecute the soap star a year ago following allegations made in 2011.

Alison Levitt QC, principal advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions in the UK, said she had “carefully reviewed” the evidence and concluded that there was “sufficient evidence” and that it was “in the public interest” to charge Le Vell.

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