Stuart Hall, popular BBC broadcaster, charged with rape and assault

British broadcaster Stuart Hall arrives at Preston Magistrates Court in north west England, on January 7, 2013, to face charges of the alleged indecent assault of three girls aged between nine and sixteen on various dates between the years 1974 and 1984. PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

LONDON Police say that a well-known BBC broadcaster has been charged with one count of rape and 14 counts of indecent assault.

Lancashire police say the indecent assault offenses 83-year-old sports broadcaster Stuart Hall are alleged to have committed occurred from 1967 to 1986, and involved 10 girls aged from nine to 16 years old.

The rape is alleged to have been committed in 1976 against a 22-year-old woman.

Hall's arrest followed recent revelations that late BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile was a serial sex abuser.

Earlier this month, Hall pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing three young girls in the 1970s and 1980s. It was not clear if those cases were included in the latest charges.

Hall has been told to appear at a court hearing on Feb. 7.

In 1999, British lawmakers signed a motion in parliament to honor Hall for his four decades in television, calling him an "icon with the youth of today."

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