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Coronation Street's Michael Le Vell charged with child rape

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Post by bristow on 15.02.13 8:50

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell has been charged with a string of sex offences, including raping a child.

Greater Manchester Police said he is also accused of indecently assaulting a child and sexual activity with a child.


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Post by aiyoyo on 15.02.13 9:13

Another creepy looking guy. How did he get away with it for so long?
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Post by Guest on 15.02.13 9:14

So the original investigation was shelved due to a lack of evidence & Mr Le Vell announced to the press that he had been "completely exonerated".
Hmmm ...sounds familiar
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Post by Guest on 15.02.13 9:28

Poe wrote:So the original investigation was shelved due to a lack of evidence & Mr Le Vell announced to the press that he had been "completely exonerated".
Hmmm ...sounds familiar


Yes, that is what it says in this article I was just reading from January 2012 re his arrest back then,.....


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Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell has told his family of his joy at being cleared of child rape allegations.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2081179/Michael-Le-Vell-Coronation-Street-stars-relief-police-drop-child-sex-investigation.html#ixzz2KxRooJAw

Further down the same article....

Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the CPS North West Area, confirmed that the investigation had been dropped as there was insufficient evidence to charge Le Vell.

He said: 'I have decided that Michael Robert Turner will not face any charges in relation to allegations of historic sexual assault against a child.

'Following enquiries by Greater Manchester Police I have concluded that there is insufficient evidence to put before a court.

'As there is no realistic prospect of conviction it is therefore only right that the allegations against Mr Turner are prevented from going any further and I have informed the police that they should take no further action against him.'




Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2081179/Michael-Le-Vell-Coronation-Street-stars-relief-police-drop-child-sex-investigation.html#ixzz2KxSB9qvc
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Post by plebgate on 15.02.13 9:38

Maybe if people who make these decisions of not enough evidence blah blah blah were ever sacked their successors might actually get on and do their jobs properly.
Same old same old.

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Re: Coronation Street's Michael Le Vell charged with child rape

Post by Guest on 15.02.13 10:31

ITV Drops Corrie Star After Child Sex Charges

ITV says Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell will not appear in the soap after he was accused of 19 sex offences.

http://news.sky.com/story/1052421/itv-drops-corrie-star-after-child-sex-charges
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Post by Mirage on 15.02.13 13:04

The prevalence of this sort of crime is now underlined by the charging of this actor who has been a regular visitor in millions of homes for many years.

Maybe this will serve to drive home to those who stereotype sex offenders that paedophilia exists at every level of our society. It behoves everyone to keep minds well and truly open to every possibility when red flags are raised.

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Post by Bob Southgate on 15.02.13 13:09

Let's not forget he is innocent until proven guilty.

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Post by Guest on 15.02.13 13:15

Indeed yes.

There is debate as to whether people charged with rape should receive the same anonymity as the alleged victims.

If it turns out to be a trumped-up charge, it isn't right that they have had their name and details splashed all over the media.
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Post by Hobs on 15.02.13 18:03

Michael Le Vell Will 'Fight' Child Sex Charges
The actor says he will "fight" the 19 child sex charges "VIGOROUSLY" -

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell has said he is INNOCENT of all child sex charges against him and will "fight them ".

Le Vell, who plays garage owner Kevin Webster in the ITV soap opera, is accused of 19 child sex offences, including child rape, and sexual activity with a child between 2001 and 2010, Greater Manchester Police said.

Le Vell, 48, a father-of-two whose real name is Michael Turner, will appear in court charged with the offences on February 27.

Le Vell said: "I WOULD LIKE to make it QUITE clear that following the serious allegations that have been brought against me on Thursday 14th February 2013, I am INNOCENT of these charges and INTEND to fight them VIGOROUSLY.

"I will now put all my efforts into clearing my name and proving MY INNOCENCE."

ITV has dropped him from further episodes of the show.

Michael Le Vell was first questioned over the child sex allegations in 2011
A spokesman said: "Given the serious nature of these charges, Michael Le Vell will not be appearing in Coronation Street pending the outcome of legal proceedings. It would not be appropriate for us to comment further at this time."

The actor was initially arrested in connection with the offences in September 2011.

The investigation was dropped three months later when authorities said there would be no further action taken against him as there was not enough evidence.

However, following a review of the case by lawyers at the Crown Prosecution Service the decision has been taken that it is in the "public interest" to charge the actor.

Speaking after the investigation against him was dropped in 2011, Le Vell said he was "delighted" to have been "completely exonerated", thanked police for their "thorough" investigation and Coronation Street staff and the public for their support.

Le Vell vowed to put the allegations behind him and returned to the show after a short break and is now currently involved in some of the soap's main storylines.

Alison Levitt, QC, principal legal adviser to the Director of Public Prosecutions, reviewed a file of evidence in relation to allegations of sexual offences and looked again at a decision previously made not to prosecute.

Ms Levitt said: "I have very carefully reviewed the evidence in this case and I have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Michael Robert Turner with a number of sexual offences.

"I have authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Mr Turner with 19 offences, including rape of a child."

Le Vell, who split from his wife Janette Beverley last year, is one of television's most famous faces after playing car mechanic Kevin Webster for the past 30 years in the TV.show.

http://news.sky.com/story/1052421/michael-le-vell-will-fight-child-sex-charges

Statement analysis reveals no reliable denial

Le Vell said: "I WOULD LIKE to make it QUITE clear that following the serious allegations that have been brought against me on Thursday 14th February 2013, I am INNOCENT of these charges and INTEND to fight them VIGOROUSLY.

"I will now put all my efforts into clearing my name and proving MY INNOCENCE."

Would is future conditional.Here is the perfect place for him to say he didn't rape anyone yet he doesn't.

Technically he is correct, he is innocent of the charges until found guilty in a court of law. innocent until proven guilty is the rule here in the UK
He intends to fight them vigorously.

This may change as the evidence comes out and statements are taken and on what his lawyer advises.

What one intends and what one eventually ends up doing can be completely different.It may be that we will see some sort of deal being made.

He weakens his statement with the addition of vigorously.

When there are additional qualifiers (words that when removed do not change the sentence)
Instead of strengthening the sentence
as many would believe and have us believe, it instead weakens the statement.

The more qualifiers the weaker the statement.

These is close those is distancing, he is close to the allegations

There is no strong first person singular past tense event specific denials.

At no point does he say i did not rape any girls and if he can't say it, we can't say it for him






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Post by Buildersbum on 16.02.13 9:38

Christ.......19 Child sex offences that is a lot of charges

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Post by ShuBob on 16.02.13 12:58

@Buildersbum wrote:Christ.......19 Child sex offences that is a lot of charges

It is a lot but I believe they all relate to one child.

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Post by rainbow-fairy on 16.02.13 16:00

So that's two Corrie actors in not many months, Andrew Lancel and Michael Le Vell. And still people insist certain people would be incapable of certain things. Why? spin

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Post by Guest on 16.02.13 18:59

As I mentioned on the Ray Wyre topic, nobody can say with certainty that another person isn't capable of committing a crime unless of course they are impaired in some way which would make it physically impossible.

I will be shocked to the core if there turns out to be any truth in the reports that certain very well-known entertainers are paedophiles but I would accept it if there is indisputable proof. They seem almost like part of the family but the reality is that they are total strangers.

I don't know what it is about the McCanns which has caused people who don't even know them to defend them so fiercely. It certainly isn't their caring and compassionate personalities!
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Post by listener on 17.02.13 0:38

Jean wrote:

I don't know what it is about the McCanns which has caused people who don't even know them to defend them so fiercely!
That's the 100 million dollar question (for me).
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Post by Lance De Boils on 17.02.13 2:03

As these charges apparently all relate to the same girl, then, until a jury hears all the evidence and makes a decision, we should remember that there is the possibility that the allegations have been made maliciously.
Not saying they have been, just that we should wait for a verdict on whether this guy's guilty as charged.
I hope he's not guilty, but if he is, then I hope he gets walloped with the full force of the law.
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Post by aiyoyo on 17.02.13 3:46

I doubt 19 charges is just from one person. It would have to be from at least a dozen girls

Generally speaking someone that way inclined is likely to keep up that practice and be doing that as often as he gets the chance until someone reports him.

These evidence against him must have been substantial for them to arrest him. There's usually no smoke without fire. If it was just one standalone incident that was reported then the possibility of someone doing it out of malice is higher.

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Post by Hobs on 17.02.13 14:46

@Lance De Boils wrote:As these charges apparently all relate to the same girl, then, until a jury hears all the evidence and makes a decision, we should remember that there is the possibility that the allegations have been made maliciously.
Not saying they have been, just that we should wait for a verdict on whether this guy's guilty as charged.
I hope he's not guilty, but if he is, then I hope he gets walloped with the full force of the law.



Statement analysis indicates no strong first person singular, event specific past tense denial ( i did not rape/molest the girl/any girls.

if he can't deny it we can't do it for him.
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Post by dragonfly on 27.02.13 19:33

District Judge Khalid Qureshi asked Le Vell’s solicitor, Richard Gowthorpe, if there was any indication of plea, to which he replied: 'No indication of plea today other than the fact that the charges are contested, and will be fully contested in the Crown Court.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2285251/Michael-Le-Vell-Coronation-Streets-Kevin-Webster-appears-court-accused-19-child-sex-offences.html#ixzz2M864ri4G
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could some one who understands law tell me what this means? why not make a plea straight away? thank you

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Post by PeterMac on 27.02.13 23:12

@dragonfly wrote:
could some one who understands law tell me what this means? why not make a plea straight away? thank you
"Lawyers spin it out to make more money"

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Post by EJW on 28.02.13 11:14

@dragonfly wrote:District Judge Khalid Qureshi asked Le Vell’s solicitor, Richard Gowthorpe, if there was any indication of plea, to which he replied: 'No indication of plea today other than the fact that the charges are contested, and will be fully contested in the Crown Court.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2285251/Michael-Le-Vell-Coronation-Streets-Kevin-Webster-appears-court-accused-19-child-sex-offences.html#ixzz2M864ri4G
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could some one who understands law tell me what this means? why not make a plea straight away? thank you

This link might explain it. A former colleague of mine was recently found guilty of downloading child pornography and all the way through his various court appearances he didn't make a plea, until the very end where he pleaded guilty. I was very confused about this "no plea" business at the time so looked into it a little more. It's odd really as surely if you weren't guilty of the crime then you would plead not guilty straight away. By making no plea it lends itself to everyone assuming your guilt. It certainly did in the case of my colleague, and lo and behold he was guilty.


"Nolo contendere is the third type of legal plea that a defendant may enter. When a defendant enters this plea, he does not admit or acknowledge guilt for the crime that he is charged with. However, the defendant does agree to accept the punishment for the crime. In many ways, entering a plea of nolo contendere has the same impact as a guilty plea.
One of the main reasons that an individual may plead nolo contendere is to avoid being sued in a civil lawsuit for damages as a result of pleading guilty to a crime. In many jurisdictions, a defendant who pleads no contest instead of entering a guilty plea cannot be sued in a civil case for damages, because there is no actual admission of guilt. Therefore, a plea of nolo contendere may provide additional civil protections that would not be available to a defendant had he pled guilty. Because of the additional protections that may be provided with a plea of nolo contendere, most court systems have very specific guidelines as to when the plea may be entered.
A plea of nolo contendere is often entered as a result of negotiations between the prosecutor and the defendant in a process often known as plea bargaining. During a plea bargain, the prosecutor may propose to reduce the charges or ask for a reduction in punishment or sentencing, if the defendant agrees to plead guilty or no contest to the charges. A plea bargain enables the prosecutor to avoid a court trial, while also possibly providing the defendant with a lesser sentence or punishment than what would have been received if the case went to trial and the defendant was found guilty of the original charges."
From www.wisegeek.com

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