So, What Happens to Lostprophets' Ian Watkins Now?

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Ian Watkins, singer with Welsh rock band Lostprophets, has pleaded guilty to a series of child sex offences including attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13. The 36-year-old from Pontypridd had previously "furiously denied" the allegations though pleaded guilty in court this week.

Ian WatkinsIan Watkins Has Pleaded Guilty to Child Sex Offences

According to BBC News, prosecuting barrister Chris Clee QC told the court: "Ian Watkins was the lead singer in a successful band called the Lostprophets.

"He accepts he was a determined and committed paedophile."

Watkins also admitted conspiring to rape a child, three counts of sexual assault involving children, seven involving taking, creating or possessing indecent images of children and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a sex act on an animal.

The evidence against Watkins came from computers, laptops and mobile phones seized from Watkins's home. 

The court heard that the singer filmed and kept the episodes of abuse - which took places in various hotels in London and South Wales. Some of the evidence was too extreme and distressing to report.

Referring to two women also in the dock, Mr Clee said: "Both women sexually abused their own children and made them available to Watkins for him to abuse."

The court was told how the abuse of children was also evident in text messages. Watkins sent a text to one of the women, saying, "If you belong to me, so does your baby."

Lostprophets ManchesterIan Watkins Performing in Manchester

After hearing the legal argument from barristers, Mr Justice Royce called the jury into the court and told them, "There will not be a trial in this case. The defendants have all pleaded guilty to nearly all the charges against them. The prosecution does not seek a trial in these circumstances.

"You have been saved from having to watch extremely graphic and distressing material."

So what happens to Ian Watkins now?

The Lostprophets singer will be sentenced on December 18 and should expect to spend most, if not all of his life, in prison.

Defending Watkins, Sally O'Neill said the singer was under the care of a psychiatrist. 

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caroline redbrook

Accused pedophiles like Ian Watkins, Sylvain Kustyan, Jerry Sandusky, Jimmy Savile,etc.(and their enablers) must be apprehended before they have years to continue to destroy young lives. Sandusky and Watkins are now safely behind bars. But unfortunately, Kustyan, who has been formally charged with two counts each of 1st Degree Sodomy and Sexual Abuse of a ten-year-old little boy, fled to avoid imminent arrest. Kustyan, formerly of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Hermin/ Mazingarbe, France, as an English teacher, has led numerous groups of schoolchildren on trips to the US, the UK and Ireland.. Pedophiles condemn their victims to a lifetime of emotional and psychological trauma and often permanent physical ailments as well. Since the average pedophile has 300 different victims in their lifetime and since the recidivism rate among pedophiles is virtually 100% and since there is no effective treatment and no known cure they must be stopped ASAP!

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