British actor Bill Roache has been ordered to stand trial in January (14) to face charges of rape and indecent assault.

The Coronation Street star appeared in court in Preston, England on Monday (10Jun13) for a preliminary hearing, during which a judge set his trial date for 13 January (14) and bailed the actor until his next court appearance.

Roache, who denies the charges against him, stands accused of two counts of raping a teenage girl in 1967, as well as five indecent assault charges involving four females aged between 12 and 16 from 1965 to 1968.

The 81 year old is expected back at Preston Crown Court on 2 September (13), when he is expected to enter formal pleas.