LostProphets Singer Ian Watkins Pleads Guilty To Child Abuse Charges
Ian Watkins, the singer of Welsh rock band LostProphets, who is currently on trial in Cardiff Crown Court, has today plead guilty to numerous child abuse offences, including the attempted rape of two babies. The court has heard that in one instance, he filmed himself abusing a child in a hotel in West London. He was aided by the mothers of two of his victims, aged twenty one and twenty four, who also abused the children and made them available to the singer. Watkins, along with his co-defendents, will receive sentencing on December 18th. A statement from DCI Peter Doyle, the senior investigating officer in the case, reads as follows:
"This investigation has uncovered the most shocking and harrowing child abuse evidence I have ever seen. There is no doubt in my mind that Ian Watkins exploited his celebrity status in order to abuse young children. Today’s outcome ensures that the three people responsible have been brought to justice.
"The safeguarding of children has been the primary objective for the investigation team and the outcome of this investigation has been achieved through a multi agency approach at an international level.
"Two very young children have been removed from this abuse and given a future that would otherwise have been denied them. The investigation has been extremely complex and challenging with key information and evidence being identified from witnesses worldwide.
"A significant amount of electronic data has been retrieved from computers and web based storage which has provided crucial evidence to support the case.
"South Wales Police has worked in partnership with Interpol, other police forces, National Crime Agency’s CEOP command, local authorities in England and Wales, the Department of Homeland Security in the USA and the NSPCC.
"Today’s outcome does not mark the end of our investigations and we will work tirelessly to identify any other victims or witnesses and seek the justice they deserve. Above all this investigation has been focused on the protection of children and my thoughts today are with those victims."
The trial is still ongoing and you can keep up to date with the shocking events at WalesOnline. We will bring you further details as they develop.
Ian Watkins was born in Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales, before moving to Pontypridd, where he joined a number of bands, most notably LostProphets, who have sold over three and a half million records and headlined numerous big name festivals such as Download. They released five albums over their career, the most recent of which was 2012's, "Weapons," which peaked at number nine in the British album charts. Following the charges brought against the singer, the rest of the band decided to lay the name to rest.
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