Actor Lancel denies abusing boy, 14
A former Coronation Street actor "used his status" to "flatter and gain the trust" of a 14-year-old boy whom he went on to indecently assault on a number of occasions, a court heard.
Andrew Lancel, 42, was charged last November under his real name Andrew Watkinson.
The actor, from Gateacre in Liverpool, is best known for his role as Frank Foster in the ITV soap.
Lancel, who has pleaded not guilty to six counts of indecent assault of a child under the age of 16, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court for the first day of his trial.
The actor, wearing a light grey suit, white shirt and grey tie, leaned forward as the case against him was outlined by Kim Whittlestone, prosecuting.
The charges relate to one male victim and the offending allegedly took place between 1993 and 1994 when he was aged 14 and 15.
Miss Whittlestone said the abuse started when the actor visited a theatre group in his home town of Southport, Merseyside, where he got to know the victim.
She said the boy was "starstruck" by Lancel who had just landed a role in the television series Cardiac Arrest. The court heard that Lancel would "compliment" the boy, telling him he had talent and "could go places".
The actor, then aged 23, then allegedly started taking the teenager for coffees. That progressed on to them going back to his house where the alleged offending was said to have started.
Lancel denies that any sexual contact ever took place and instead says he acted as a "sort of mentor" to the boy.