Craig McLachlan: Former Neighbours star charged with sex offences

Actor Craig McLachlan has been charged with a string of sex offences in Australia.

The former Neighbours and Home and Away star faces 10 assault charges.

The charges include eight counts of indecent assault, one of attempted indecent assault and one of common law assault.

The 53-year-old is to appear in Melbourne Magistrates' court on February 8.

A statement from McLachlan's spokesperson said: “Craig is innocent of all these charges which will be vigorously defended.”

McLachlan played Henry Ramsay, the brother of Kylie Minogue's character Charlene, in the TV soap Neighbours between 1987 and 1989.

His first Australian television appearance came with a guest role on The Young Doctors.

In Home and Away he played schoolteacher Grant Mitchell, while he also embarked on a successful music career.

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As well as on-screen success, he has performed in multiple stage shows, including versions of Grease and The Rocky Horror Show.

His most recent roles on television were in The Wrong Girl, as Eric, and as Dr Lucien Blake in The Doctor Blake Mysteries.

In regards to the allegations made against him, he previously denied them and said they were "perhaps made for financial reasons [or] to gain notoriety", the BBC reports.