Doncaster mother admits allowing Lost Prophets singer to abuse her baby

Ian Watkins
Ian Watkins

A Doncaster mother has admitted that she allowed rock star Ian Watkins to abuse her own baby in one of the most distressing examples of child abuse that has ever gone before a court.

The mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty alongside Lost Prophets singer Watkins and another woman at Cardiff Crown Court today.

Watkins, 36, pleaded guilty to attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13.

He also admitted three counts of sexual assault involving children and six involving taking, making or possessing indecent images of children and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a sex act on an animal.

One of the two women charged alongside Watkins, Woman A, admitted the attempted rape of a baby after denying rape and two charges of sexual assault as well as taking and distributing an indecent photograph of a child.

Woman B pleaded guilty to conspiring to rape a child, three sexual assault charges and four charges of taking, possessing or distributing indecent images.

The trio are to be sentenced on December 18.

Prosecuting barrister Chris Clee QC told the court: “Both women sexually abused their own children and made them available to Watkins for him to abuse.”

Det Chief Insp Peter Doyle, senior investigating officer in the case, said afterwards: “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.

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

Catrin Evans, head of the Complex Casework Unit for the Crown Prosecution Service, Wales, said: “The three defendants in this case have admitted very serious sexual offences committed against extremely young children, demonstrating sexual exploitation at its worst.

“A number of the victims are too young to be able to understand what has happened to them, yet the defendants exploited them for their own gratification.”