The Horrible, Awful, SICK, SICK, SICK Case of the Singer of Lostprophets

I don’t know if you been following the case of Ian Watkins, the singer of the Welsh band, Lostprophets, but it’s reached a conclusion.

Before you read any further, steel yourself.  This is a true story of the worst kind of sexual exploitation you can imagine.

Back on December 19, 2012, Watkins was arrested and hit with multiple charges of sexual offences towards kids.  He initially claimed innocence.

Watkin, 36, has pleaded guilty to thirteen different sexual offenses including–wait for it–two attempts at raping a baby. Two!

His change of plea happened today when he appeared at Cardiff Crown Court just as his trial was supposed to begin, something what was expected to take about a month. The plea change saved everyone from the judge, legal teams and jury having to view some pretty horrific evidence.  Counsellors were already standing by.

In his appearance today, Watkins admitted to being a pedophile, although his lawyers says Watkins can’t remember the attempted baby rapes because he’d been taking drugs on that day.

However, they have video evidence of a one year-old being abused.  The assaults took place in a hotel room in London just after the band had appeared on BBC Radio.  The 17-minute video was apparently shot by Watkins and his co-defendants and had to be decrypted from a cloud account by a British security service (one report says that the password was “i****kids.:)  That video will now go unseen.

The prosecution also said that they have emails between Watkins and the female promising that they would not go “easy” on the child next time.   

The rest of the charges stem from sexual assaults on children under 13 and counts of taking indecent pictures of children going back as far as 2007.  Oh, and the there’s the bestiality photographs.

If all that wasn’t horrible enough, there are two female co-defendants in the case.  Both of them admitted to several charges against their own kids. Yes, rape, sexual assault and indecent photographs. The babies Watkins admitted to attempting to rape belonged to the co-defendants.  

And did I mention the plan to “whore out” one of the kids as well as feeding him/her crack? Detectives say they found evidence that one of the children had been “exposed” to crystal meth at one point.  Or the acts of incest that were involved between the mothers and their babies?

How depraved, sick and evil can humans get?  Even sicker than what I described.

Wales Online has the original reports. The Guardian also has this story while the BBC has this coverage.

And we may not be done with him yet.  Police are now investigating whether there were other victims. For example, there’s the story of a 16 year-old American girl who was lured to travel to the UK to meet Watkins while dressed in a school uniform. Abuse and humilation followed.

Sentencing of all three defendants will take place next month.  Wakins’ appearance is scheduled for December 18, 364 days from his arrest.  Jail time should be fun, huh, Ian?

Note:  Lostprophets broke up in October after it became apparent that Watkins had ruined everything by being charged with such hideous crimes.  While they were together, they sold 3.5 million records. When Watkins was arrested, they posted that they were in a “state of shock” and were “learning about the details of the arrest along with [everyone else.]”

Guitarist Lee Gaze tweeted this:

That was over quick.  Thank ****.  Thanks for the kind words. At least there is closure.

For them, maybe.  For the victims, not so much.

Another update:  Watkins’ ex-girlfriend–jeezus, she must have some stories to tell–warned the cops FOUR YEARS AGO that something was seriously wrong with him.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

5 thoughts on “The Horrible, Awful, SICK, SICK, SICK Case of the Singer of Lostprophets

  • November 26, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Jail is too good for that kind of low life.

  • November 26, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    now we can only hope that prison justice will serve the correct sentence once this animal is in there.

  • November 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Read about this guy yesterday. Jail is too easy for someone like this.

    i'm glad he at least had the brains to plead guilty and end it. Imagine the details we'd have to hear if he asserted his innocence and this had to go to trial. More details? No thanks.

    He's also ruined things for his former bandmates. Lostprophets had a pretty good run there, and we'ren't bad. Good luck ever hearing them on radio again. He's destroyed their legacy. Admitted, that's the least of what he's done, but still…

    I'm curious, in the above article, near the end, the phrase "Thank God" is censored. And thoughts as to why the word "God" is deemed inappropriate? Especially in context of this article! I'm not religious, but found this odd.

  • November 27, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I think I missed out a * in that tweet quote. The writer didn't use the world "God." I'll fix it.

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