In Cardiff Crown Court today (November 26th 2013), standing trial for 24 charges of sexual offences against him that were brought to question back in December 2012, former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has currently pleaded guilty to 13 of the accused charges.
According to Wales Online, and several other sources including BBC and Sky News, Watkins has pleaded guilty to 13 sex offences, including two of attempting to rape a baby, but has not pleaded guilty to committing rape.
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 court heard that he filmed and kept the episodes of abuse, which took place in various hotels in London and South Wales, which were recovered by police. Some of the evidence was too extreme and distressing to report. The evidence against the defendant came from computers, laptops and mobile phones.
Prosecuting barrister, Chris Clee QC, told the judge there had been an argument regarding what some key video evidence showed; “From the footage, there is an argument as to whether the full offence (of rape) is made out,” he told judge Mr. Justice Royce. “If it is made out, it is minimal. There is so little difference between the full attempt and the attempt as to make no difference.”
Referring to two women standing alongside Watkins in the dock, neither of which can be named for legal reasons, Mr. Clee said, “Both women sexually abused their own children and made them available to Watkins for him to abuse.” The court was told how the abuse of the children by all parties was also evident in text messages. Watkins sent a text to one of the women saying, “If you belong to me, so does your baby.”
Speaking outside the court, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Doyle from South Wales Police said, “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.” He also added that today’s guilty pleas did not mark the end of the investigation and the force would work “tirelessly” to identify other victims or witnesses.
Former bandmate Lee Gaze expressed his relief on Twitter that the case had been concluded, writing, “That was over quick… Thanks for the kind words. At least there is closure now.”
Lostprophets announced their split earlier this year. A sentence will take place for Watkins on December 18th 2013.