Ian Watkins, former lead singer of the Welsh band Lostprophets, pleaded guilty on Tuesday (November 26th) to a series of child sex abuse charges that included the attempted rape of a baby. According to BBC News, the 36-year-old Watkins, who had previously denied all the charges, was due to begin standing trial on Tuesday when he entered his plea. He pleaded guilty to attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13, plus three more counts of sexual assault involving children, six counts of taking, making or possessing indecent images of children and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image of a sex act on an animal. He will be sentenced on December 18th.
- Two of the counts that Watkins pleaded guilty to were for the attempted rape of an 11-month-old baby.
- Prosecutor Chris Clee told the court that Watkins "accepts he was a determined and committed pedophile."
- Two women aged 21 and 24 were charged along with Watkins in the case and also pleaded guilty to the same charges. In an even more horrific turn, the two women sexually abused their own children and made them available to Watkins for him to abuse.
- Watkins told one of the women in a text obtained by investigators, "If you belong to me, so does your baby."
- The musician reportedly also planned to give the children drugs and get them addicted.
- Many of the incidents of abuse and sexual assault against the children were filmed by Watkins at hotels in London and Wales. They were retrieved by police from computers, laptops and mobile phones.
- One detective said outside the courtroom that the investigation had "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."
- Lostprophets, who formed in 1997 and released five albums, broke up earlier this year after the allegations against Watkins were revealed.
- Former guitarist Lee Gaze said on Twitter after Watkins' guilty plea was entered, "That was over quick," later adding, "At least there is closure now."
JUST OUR OPINION: There are no words for just how horrendous this whole story has been, and for what a monster Watkins is. Jail is too good for this depraved piece of human filth and his cohorts. Our hope now is that the children involved in the case will have a second chance at a normal life, and that Watkins and his associates suffer as much as humanly possible.
LISTENERS' POLL: What do you think the sentence should be for Watkins?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Loudwire -- agree or not?
Christian McClain wrote: "This guy should be tossed into a wood chipper. Feet first."
Blake Tull wrote: "As a huge fan, I was really trying hard to not believe this could be true. Brutal, sick, and horrible. What a waste of talent. What a waste of life. What a horrible situation for those poor children."
Jimi Alexander wrote: "It's a shame that the UK doesn't have the death penalty. This douchewhistle absolutely deserves it."
Olivia Kashvi Richardson wrote: "More than him, the people who offered their children up should be tortured as well. You disgusting, vile creatures."
Isaac Bond wrote: "I feel genuinely sick from reading that. I remember idolizing that f*** when I was younger. I hope he rots in hell for what he's done."
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