Fame allowed William Roache to commit sex crimes, court hears

Coronation Street actor William Roache who plays Ken Barlow, arrives with his son James at Preston Crown Court.

Coronation Street actor William Roache who plays Ken Barlow, arrives with his son James at Preston Crown Court.

Fame allowed Coronation Street star William Roache to carry out sex attacks on young girls and silence his victims for decades, a court has heard.

Roache, as an actor playing Ken Barlow in the ITV soap watched by millions of TV fans, had the opportunity to prey on his victims and his stardom was one reason none of his young victims spoke of the abuse, it was alleged.

Roache, 81, denies five counts of indecent assault and two counts of rape involving five girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16. The offences are said to have occurred between 1965 and 1971.

 

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