Lostprophets Vocalist Pleads Guilty to Child Sexual Offences

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TRIGGER WARNING! This article contains accounts of child abuse.

 

You can hear the sound of Lostprophets fans  around the world deleting and throwing out their albums as we speak. Former lead vocalist Ian Watkins has changed his pleas from not guilty to guilty on a string of child sex offence charges, including the attempted rape of a one year old baby.

News of Watkins’ initial arrest shocked fans and artists alike after the ex-rocker was arrested on December 19th, 2012, following charges of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a one-year old girl, and possession of and/or distribution of indecent images of children and “extreme animal pornography.

The 36 year old had since been detained indefinitely prior to his trial at Cardiff Crown Court on November 26th.  However, the trial did not go ahead because of his last-minute plea change, admitting to both counts of attempted rape, which prosecutor Christopher Clee QC told the judge would spare a jury the ordeal of having to watch grimy video evidence of the singer’s crimes. The pool of 22 jurors were no doubt relieved by the news that the trial was no longer going ahead and their services were no longer needed, as previous hearings discussed arranging counselling for jurors who might need it due to the “graphic and distressing” details of the case.

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Image courtesy of The Mirror UK

Being described in court as a “determined and committed paedophile”, Watkins originally faced 24 separate charges, but pleaded guilty to 11 charges, including the two charges where he admitted to the indecent assault of a child who was too young to know what was happening, “yet the defendants exploited them for their own gratification.”

According to The York Press, Mr Clee explained the details of the crimes as a grey-haired Watkins started shaking in his chair.

The 36 year old Pontypridd singer following trail on November 26th, 2013.

The 36 year old Pontypridd singer following trail on November 26th, 2013.

He said: “Ian Watkins was the lead singer of a successful band called the Lostprophets. He was also a determined and committed paedophile engaged in serious sex offences involving two babies.”

Mr Clee also read aloud to the court a series of text and internet messages between Watkins and two female co-defendants.

Watkins and Woman A swapped messages where the frontman spoke of his sick desire to “cross the line”.

They also spoke of plans to blow crystal-meth smoke into the child’s face at a secret meeting in a Cardiff hotel. And on March 23, Watkins replied to a message from the woman saying “Hell yes baby” to a “summer of incest and child porn”, “the sooner we start training her the better”.

Mr Clee also gave details of a sickening 17-minute video involving Watkins and Woman A. Mr Clee said camcorder footage was shot in a London hotel room which showed Watkins perform a sex act on the child. Computer analysts found the footage uploaded to an online storage facility. Mr Clee said that following this meeting, the pair exchanged emails about how they would not go “easy” on the child next time.

Mr Clee outlined a series of meetings between Watkins and the two female fans, who were the mothers of the baby abuse victims targeted by him. Watkins also indulged in a depraved virtual sex session in October last year where, using Skype, he got woman B, aged 24, to abuse her baby at his instigation. Detectives successfully downloaded the recorded footage, 45 minutes long, in which Watkins talks about how they were going to use the baby for sex.

In the footage, which takes the form of a split screen, Watkins is seen to pleasure himself and refer to the woman and her baby as his “slave duo”. The pair also discussed looking after the child as it grows up and making it have sex with animals and take drugs. The child’s mother, speaking to Watkins, also refers to her baby as “your little **** toy.”
At a later date she sent him a picture of herself having oral sex with the baby. Mr Clee said that when police raided the home of Watkins following his arrest in September last year they also found a box of camcorder cassettes. These proved to hold recordings of filmed sex acts with underage girl fans, one of whom he met up with in a New York hotel. Mr Clee said that one girl, 16, contacted Watkins saying she was a fan who was still a virgin and went on to agree to give her virginity to him. She then flew from Boston to New York and went to a hotel where he was staying, bringing with her a schoolgirl outfit he had asked her to dress in. They are then filmed having oral and full sex before he asks her: “Do you like being my underage slut.” Mr Clee added: “He finishes by urinating over her face and telling her to ‘drink my p***.’

He said that Watkins, after being arrested, originally claimed that he was being stalked by a “crazed fan. “The suggestion being made by Ian Watkins was that he was the victim of a malicious campaign to label him a paedophile,” Mr Clee said. He also said that a laptop seized from Watkins’s home was password protected and was later sent to GCHQ to have it “cracked.” When it eventually was the password was discovered to be “If***kids”.

Watkins is set to be sentenced at the same court on December 18th. Following the news of his hearing, ex-bandmate Lee Gaze retweeting the following:

 

 

Lover of punk rock, and anything with a hint of angst. Aside from writing for XXIV, I also co-ordinate music festivals on-board the Rhapsody of the Seas. When I’m not abroad, you can find me gallivanting around my hometown of Adelaide, dreaming of Manhattan. My home is wherever my suitcase takes me.

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