In one of the most horrifying stories of child abuse in recent times, Ian Watkins, singer of Welsh rock band ‘Lostprophets’, pled guilty to multiple “depraved” sex offenses against children, including even an animal. Most horrendously, Watkins pled guilty to the attempted rape of an 11 month baby. The singer had previously denied the allegations, telling authorities that he was being stalked by “a crazed fan” and that other people had access to his computers. From the BBC:
The 36-year-old from Pontypridd and two women had been due to stand trial at Cardiff Crown Court.
Watkins pleaded guilty to attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13 but not guilty to rape. This was accepted by the prosecution.
Sentencing will take place on 18 December.
Prosecuting barrister Chris Clee QC told the court: “Ian Watkins was the lead singer in a successful band called the Lostprophets.
“He accepts he was a determined and committed paedophile.”
Watkins also admitted three counts of sexual assault involving children and six involving taking, making or possessing indecent images of children and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a sex act on an animal.
The evidence against the defendant came from computers, laptops and mobile phones.
Two women were also charged alongside Watkins, one admitted the attempted rape of a baby but denied actual rape, two charges of sexual assault, and taking and distributing an indecent photograph of a child. Another woman pleaded guilty to conspiring to rape a child, four charges of taking, possessing or distributing indecent images and three further sexual assault charges.
Detective Chief Inspector Peter Doyle from South Wales Police said outside the court, “This investigation has uncovered the most shocking and harrowing child abuse evidence I have ever seen.”
According to the BBC report, the evidence was “too extreme and distressing” to publish.
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