As case gets under way...

Former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins has pleaded guilty to a number of child sex offences.

The Welsh rock singer was arrested last year, news which shocked fans to the core. Ian Watkins' trial opened today (November 26th), and the frontman has opted to plead guilty to thirteen charges.

Having previously "furiously denied" the allegations, Ian Watkins has now changed his plea. The singer has pleaded guilty with guilty to attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13 but not guilty to rape.

Accepted by the prosecution,p rosecutor Chris Clee QC has described Watkins as a "determined and committed paedophile".

DCI Peter Doyle, the senior investigating officer in the case: "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 that the three people responsible have been brought to justice." 

"The safeguarding of children has been the primary objective for the investigation team and the outcome of this investigation has been achieved through a multi agency approach at an international level."

"Two very young children have been removed from this abuse and given a future that would otherwise have been denied them." 

"The investigation has been extremely complex and challenging with key information and evidence being identified from witnesses worldwide."

"A significant amount of electronic data has been retrieved from computers and web based storage which has provided crucial evidence to support the case." 

"South Wales Police has worked in partnership with Interpol, other police forces, National Crime Agency’s CEOP command, local authorities in England and Wales, the Department of Homeland Security in the USA and the NSPCC."

"Today’s outcome does not mark the end of our investigations and we will work tirelessly to identify any other victims or witnesses and seek the justice they deserve."

"Above all this investigation has been focused on the protection of children and my thoughts today are with those victims."

Sentencing takes place on December 18th.


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