Posted: 9:23 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
By Dan Clarendon
Original story (November 27, 2013): Ian Watkins — a singer and founding member of the popular Welsh alt-rock band Lostprophets — pleaded guilty to a series of sex offenses recently in Cardiff, Wales — including conspiring to rape a child, sexual assault involving children, and possessing indecent images of children, as BBC Newsreports.
The prosecutors accepted his plea, and he will be sentenced on December 18. "He accepts he was a determined and committed pedophile," commented prosecuting barrister Chris Cleee QC.
Clee also revealed that two women charged alongside Watkins — both of whom also pleaded guilty — abused their own children and "made them available" to Watkins.
Watkins initially denied the allegations, saying that he was being stalked by a "crazed fan" and that his computer was not private.
Chief Inspector Peter Doyle of the South Wales Police told reporters: "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 the three people responsible have been brought to justice. Two very young children have been removed from this abuse and given a future that would otherwise have been denied them."
Lostprophets, meanwhile, broke up in October.
Update (December 18, 2013): A British judge sentenced Ian Watkins to 29 years in jail, saying that he had "plumbed new depths of depravity," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Ian is required to serve at least two-thirds of that term and then six years in probation. Meanwhile, British authorities are pursuing leads in Germany and the United States to ascertain if Ian had victimized anyone else.