Joining the lengthening list of celebrities uncovered in the wake of the Jimmy Savile child sex abuse scandal illustrate the willingness of police to act on allegations of such abuse despite events having taken place many decades before.
The Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has been charged with two counts of rape involving a 15-year-old girl in the 1960s, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.
Roache, 81, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of rape involving the girl in 1967. Detectives searched the actor’s house in Wilmslow, Cheshire, and took him to be interviewed at an undisclosed police station in Lancashire
Chief crown prosecutor for the north-west, said: “We have carefully considered all the evidence gathered by Lancashire police in relation to William Roache following allegations of rape.”
“We have been reviewing evidence and providing early investigative advice to Lancashire police since 1 March 2013”
“Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Roache to be charged with two offences of rape relating to a girl, aged 15, in 1967.”
In a statement, Lancashire constabulary said “We take all allegations of sexual abuse extremely seriously and would encourage people with any information about sexual abuse, or anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, to come forward and report their concerns confident in the knowledge they will be investigated appropriately and with sensitivity,”
There is an increasing awareness and understanding of “opportunistic predators” (as Stuart Hall was described by prosecutors yesterday at Preston Crown court) as these people may use their position of authority (fame) and trust to make their victims feel complicit in their crime and therefore unable to tell anyone.
Source: The Guardian, Coronation Street’s Bill Roache charged with rape of 15-year-old in 1967 Click Here
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