Ian Watkins, the lead singer of the Welsh rock band Lostprophets, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to more than a dozen counts of sexually assaulting a child, including two counts of attempting to rape an 11-month-old baby.
Watkins, 36, and two women who were co-defendants in the case who also pleaded guilty, are scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 18.
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According to WalesOnline, the two unidentified female co-defendants admitted to abusing their own children
at Watkins’ behest. Watkins is reported to have recorded the attempted rape of a young child in a London hotel room in 2012, adding that he filmed both himself and the mother abusing the child.
The news site quoted Detective Chief Inspector Peter Doyle as saying the investigation had uncovered “the most shocking and harrowing child abuse” he had ever seen.
Lostprophets is a Welsh rock band co-founded by Watkins about 16 years ago. After Watkins was charged with multiple sex offenses late last year, the band put the kibosh on future tour dates. The band officially broke up in October after selling some 3.5 million records since it was formed.
“After nearly a year of coming to terms with our heartache, we finally feel ready to announce publicly what we have thought privately for some time,” the band said in a statement it released last month. “We can no longer continue making or performing music as Lostprophets. Your love and support over the past 15 years has been tremendous, and we’ll forever be grateful for all you’ve given us.”
The Guardian reported that Watkins and the women, both fans in their 20s, were due to stand trial
in a Cardiff courtroom on more than 20 charges. Watkins had earlier claimed he was innocent, but when jurors were warned Tuesday that the evidence included disturbing images and arrangements had already been made for them to receive counseling after the trial, the trio pleaded guilty to most of the charges.
The Guardian reported that authorities will continue to investigate Watkins, believing that there may be additional victims in Britain and overseas.
Twitter was full of comments from the disgusted.
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