Michael Le Vell was first arrested in September 2011 and questioned over alleged child sex offences, but the matter was later dropped.
However, Greater Manchester Police said the actor, from Hale, Cheshire, had been charged with sex offences against a youngster after a review of evidence by lawyers from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
The charges, which were authorised by the CPS following a review of evidence, relate to offences against a child between 2001 and 2010.
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