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Singer Ian Watkins Pleads Guilty To Series Of Child Sex Offenses

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As a trial was set to begin, the lead singer of the Lostprophets, decided to plead guilty to a series of child sex offenses, including attempted rape of a baby.

BBC News reports that Ian Watkins pleaded guilty to attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13, but not guilty to rape, which was accepted by the prosecution. The 36-year-old also admitted conspiring to rape a child; three counts of sexual assault involving children; seven involving taking, making or possessing indecent images of children; and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a sex act on an animal.

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"Ian Watkins was the lead singer in a successful band called the Lostprophets. He accepts he was a determined and committed pedophile," prosecutor Chris Clee told the court.

Watkins and two unnamed female fans in their 20s, had been due to stand trial for more than 20 offenses, including allegations involving the women's children, a boy and a girl, according to The Guardian. Watkins had strongly denied the accusations and loyal fans had attended court to show their support.

However, shortly after jurors had been warned they would have to examine some very disturbing images and arrangements had been made for them to receive counseling after the trial, Watkins and the women pleaded guilty to nearly all the charges against them.

"This investigation has uncovered the most shocking and harrowing child abuse evidence I've ever seen, Peter Doyle of South Wales police said. “There is no doubt in my mind that Ian Watkins exploited his celebrity status in order to abuse young children. Today's outcome does not mark the end of our investigations and we will work tirelessly to identify any other victims."

Sentencing for Watkins and the two women is scheduled for December.

Sources: BBC News, The Guardian