Police chief in Ian Watkins case says it was 'most shocking and harrowing child abuse' he's seen

South Wales Police will "work tirelessly to identify any other victims" says DCI Doyle

Police chief in Ian Watkins case says it was 'most shocking and harrowing child abuse' he's seen

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The police chief in the Ian Watkins trial has described the case as among the most "shocking and harrowing child abuse" he has ever seen.

Earlier today (November 26), the former singer of now defunct Welsh band Lostprophets pleaded guilty to 13 sexual offences, including two of attempting to rape a baby. Two female co-defendants, who cannot be named, also admitted to numerous child sex offences.

DCI Peter Doyle of South Wales Police said (via Wales Online: "This investigation has uncovered the most shocking and harrowing child abuse evidence I've ever seen."

"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."

Children's charity NSPCC, who worked with the police on the investigation also put out a statement. Des Mannion, the national head of service for NSPCC Wales, said: "Ian Watkins clearly had a dangerous obsession with the most severe and extreme forms of child sex abuse."

He added: "His global public profile provided him with access to impressionable young women who he was able to manipulate to feed his horrific desires. The length of his sentence should reflect this terrible abuse of power."

A statement from Catrin Evans, Head of 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.

"The prosecution case is based on robust evidence uncovered by the investigation team and the South Wales Police High Tech Crime Unit. The CPS team worked closely with the police to build a strong case and this has been a major factor in today’s guilty pleas."

As well as admitting to two counts of attempting to rape a baby, Watkins 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. He denied two counts of raping a child.

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