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News: Rock singer pleads guilty to 13 sexual offenses (BBC)

_71358821_ianwatkinsIan Watkins, lead-singer of Welsh rock band Lostprophets has pleaded guilty to 13 counts of sexual assault in a Welsh court today.

The 36-year-old from Pontypridd and two women stood trial at Cardiff Crown Court today.  The two women who also stood trial, were accused of sexually abusing their own children and consciously allowing Watkins to abuse their babies. The court was told how the abuse of the children by all parties was evident in text messages.  Watkins sent a text to one of the women saying: “If you belong to me, so does your baby.”

One of the two women charged alongside Watkins, Woman A, admitted the attempted rape of a baby after denying rape and two charges of sexual assault as well as taking and distributing an indecent photograph of a child.  Woman B pleaded guilty to conspiring to rape a child, three sexual assault charges and four charges of taking, possessing or distributing indecent images.

Watkins admitted to 13 counts of sexual assault, including 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.  He also admitted two attempts to rape a child under the age of 13.  The evidence against the defendant came from computers, laptops and mobile phones.  One laptop seized from Watkin’s home was password protected with an obscenity relating to sexual activity with children, which was uncovered when it was sent to GCHQ to be cracked.  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.

Det Ch Insp Peter Doyle from South Wales Police said: “This investigation has uncovered the most shocking and harrowing child abuse evidence I have ever seen” and Judge Mr Justice Royce made a point of telling the jurors they were fortunate that the defendants had submitted guilty pleas, otherwise they would have been subjected to explicit and disturbing material.

Prosecuting barrister Chris Clee QC stated “He [Watkins] accepts he was a determined and committed paedophile” and Det Ch Insp Peter Doyle said that was no doubt in his mind that Watkins exploited his celebrity status to access and abuse young children. Sentencing will take place on December 18th and Watkins is now reported to be in psychiatric care.

Lostprophets guitarist 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.”

For the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25108439

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