Lostprophets Singer Pleads Guilty To Heinous Sex Crimes

BBC reports that Lostprophets’ lead singer Ian Watkins pleaded guilty to a long list of sex offenses, including three counts of sexual assault involving children, six counts involving child pornography, and one count involving animal pornography. The prosecutor in the case said that Watkins “accepts he is a determined and committed pedophile.”

Chief inspector Peter Doyle called the case “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.”

Charges against Watkins and two female co-defendants were filed late last year. According to the prosecutor, “both women sexually abused their own children and made them available to Watkins for him to abuse.”

Authorities gathered evidence from Watkins’ computers, laptops, and cellphone that contained footage of abuse that the singer had filmed. The evidence included a video that showed Watkins performing a sex act on an 11-month-old baby, videos that showed the singer engaging in sex acts with two different 16-year-old fans, and numerous indecent photographs of children.

Wales Online reports that text messages between Watkins and one of the women were found saying that Watkins wanted “to cross the line.” She responded with, “A summer of incest and child porn” and he replied, “Hell yes baby,” and added: “The sooner we start training her the better.”

During their searches, the police also found meth, cocaine, and GHB which played “a significant part in his offending against children.” According to NME, Watkins had plans to “teach” the babies how to take drugs and “planned to intoxicate one of his victims by blowing crystal-meth smoke into the child’s face at a Cardiff hotel.”

Prior to pleading guilty today, Watkins said that “he was a victim of a malicious campaign” and denied the allegations.

In October, the rest of the members of the band announced on Facebook that they would “no longer continue making or performing music together as Lostprophets.” Following Watkins’ admission earlier today, lead guitarist Lee Gaze tweeted: “That was over quick. Thank fuck. [...] At least there is closure now.”

The chief inspector said that investigations will continue and that they “will work tirelessly to identify any other victims or witnesses and seek the justice they deserve.”

Watkins and the two co-defendants will be sentenced on December 18.

Comments (82)
  1. Why is the world like this.

  2. Saw his guilty plea live here in England. His crimes and mindset are unthinkably horrific. Prayers for the healing and future welfare of his victims and prayers that his punishment is justice duly served.

  3. You’re also giving him too much credit posting the cool rock star-looking pic of him. He looks way more like a shady pedo in his mugshot:

    • Not sure I agree, it’s the idea that all pedophiles have a ‘look’ that allows those who seem relatively normal to get away with these kinds of things. For every one who looks like Jimmy Saville there’s someone like Rolf Harris who may have avoided scrutiny exactly due to these preconceptions.

      • I didn’t mean to say that pedos have a certain “look” to them, but he looks much less glamorous in the mug shot than the rock star pose up top. It’d have been nicer to show him looking like hell rather than in his glory just as a “fuck you” to the guy.

      • It’s a weird bit of correlation. Not every pedophile looks like that. But it seems that there are a LOT of pedophiles who look like that.

        That said, I don’t think I know what a baby rapist looks like, but I’m guessing it looks like this shithead.

  4. wow, I remember when this band was a blip on the radar back in 2003.

  5. A friend I had who I’ve sadly lost contact with over the years was a massive Lostprophets fan back in the day. She saw them live quite a few times and felt like she was walking on air after she got to meet them, Watkins included. Her Facebook profile photo even until quite recently before his arrest was of her with Watkins. I can’t imagine how she feels at the moment. and that would be nothing compared to the pain that the victims and their families have been inflicted. Reading some of the things he did in the BBC report was profoundly fucked up, and THEN reading that “other details have been found too distressing to release” just makes it all the more incomprehensible.

    World is fucked up.

  6. Accused pedophiles like 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 Savile are now out of the picture. 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. Kustyan is now a fugitive from the law. Perpetrators 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 and their enablers must be stopped ASAP!

  7. Wow….

    I don’t shock easy, but this is one of the most skull-numbingly fucked up things I’ve probably ever read. For the most part, I don’t subscribe to notions of certain people being abjectly “evil”, as I believe pretty much everyone is capable of immense cruelty and barbarism, and “evil” is more a product (of circumstance, of culture, of too much power and too few boundaries) than it is a state of being.

    However, stuff like plotting how to get children addicted to meth so you can train them as sex slaves, or filming yourself fucking a baby, crosses a line that I can’t really rationalize. I don’t know what circumstance or mindset you could find yourself in where these things seemed reasonable or justifiable. This is just indulging in depravity because you can, because you’re intoxicated by the idea of subverting fundamental notions of humanity. This is the embrace of “evil” as a fully-consuming state of being.

    • Obviously I don’t know anything more about his story than anyone else here, but the one thing I can say with a good deal of certainty is that he was likely repeatedly abjectly abused/raped himself as a child… that’s where this stuff comes from. Doesn’t make it at all excusable.

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      • Shut the fuck up you stupid piece of shit.

        • Apparently some people can’t deal with black humor. Hurling obscenities isn’t going to help either. At least be respectful in your criticism, Wine. I don’t see Kilgore’s comment being any different than the litany of Michael Jackson pedophile jokes that were tossed around before, during, and after his several trials on the matter.

          Was the comment distasteful? Marginally. Offensive? Not really (though that’s a highly subjective front). A simple thumbs down would suffice rather than name calling.

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  10. Holy. Fucking. Shit. Batman.

    What the fuck did I just read?

  11. Well, I’m just gonna be honest here…This guy sounds like a real jerk!

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  14. Oh, come on people, enough with the crummy jokes on this one.

  15. Absolutely sickening, to say the least. I hope he rots in jail.

  16. Uggh, this F’n unholy! Poor child :-/

  17. He’ll be taking the Last Train Home… to prison.

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  19. This is just sick, omg. I used to like that band too, omg. My mind is blown. An 11 month old baby really?? Wtf is wrong with people these days.

  20. Warp tour just got even creepier. I’ve never heard of these guys before, but that whole scene looks like the perfect smorgasbord for sexual deviants that are just a little too old to be hanging out with your children. Every time that I see an image of the crowds at that festival, it’s full of Hot Topic tweens over-the-top excited to meet androgynous tattooed men with asymmetrical haircuts and take pictures of them in their tour buses. Blood on the Dancefloor is questionable enough. What’s with trying to look so “hardcore” and having a target audience that averages 14 years old. Why are some of these parents so down with sending their kids to these events unattended, at all? My guess is that the parents are pretty young and idiotic themselves. This isn’t the norm, but there’s definitely potential for shit like this to go down. You won’t catch me leaving my son in the care of adult men in eyeliner, saying “It’s okay. Go with them and get in their secluded vehicles. It’s alright. He knows how to play guitar.”

    This isn’t punk rock kids. I’d much rather have my son at a Minor Threat show, or even a Germs show, than something like this. This is, obviously, potentially more dangerous. And, while I know that you can’t really blame the festivals, the other bands, or even the other members of the group, it’s still fucking creepy as all get out. It’s not that the scene is even overrun with this type of thing–I’m sure that it’s not–but I can see how (not why) this specific goon was able to capitalize off of it. I’m definitely shocked by the actions of this twisted wingnut and trust that he won’t fair too well in the prison system, but the parents are so clearly, equally fucked up in this scenario. The idea that this guy is somehow famous not only allowed him to exploit his young, impressionable fanbase, but the parents all buy into that shit, as well? There’s not much that can be done as far as something like this, something so unprecedently backwards and disturbing, but the idea that this guy should have any level of influence over anyone just because he sang some terrible songs and probably printed some shitty logo on some T-Shirts and banners, is definitely one of the problems.

    Like the conversation above surrounding whether or not a less appealing image should have been used as a header, I do think it’s good to remind yourself that you should probably be more aware as a parent about how this shit can go down in less assuming places than back alley pool halls. To me, the dude looks unsavory in the header image, as it is. Most parents aren’t going to help strangers rape their kids, of course, but even the comments regarding people’s friends having innocent pictures with this guy on their facebook profiles, makes me think about what could have went down in those scenarios, if he was into older kids.

    I don’t know. It’s just a terrible story. Now I know about a new level of repulsiveness and I had to find out about one more of these terrible bands on top of it. Today, everyone loses. At least he’s being locked up.

    • Well put.

    • I’ve always been a little skeeved out by the Warped Tour scene as well. Tweens worshiping One Direction or Beiber is one thing, those boys are at least around the same age (or at least I think they are? Beiber was when he started but I think he’s older now). It’s another thing to have tweens worshiping grown men who seem to still dress and act like pseudo punky teens themselves. If you are in your 30s and you are writing songs that appeal to people 20 years younger than you then there’s probably something wrong with you. I’m sure that the vast majority of these guys aren’t peder-asses but they’re at least stuck in some weird arrested development and I’d hate it if I had a kid who looked up to someone like that.

    • “un-savory”


  21. who the fuck are Lostprophets?


  23. hold up

    animal pornography?

    • you know the situation’s bad when details like that get only a casual mention.

    • According to an NME article that I read, it was a video saved onto his hard drive.

      Kinda surprised me that that’s a criminal charge; I mean, just google search “Mr. Hands”……. actually, don’t do that.

  24. Never heard of them, looks like Ben Stiller gone bad.

  25. incoming reunion tour in 25 to life

  26. His laptop password was ‘ifuckkids’. This is not a joke.

  27. Brings a new meaning to the song title, “Last Train Home”.

  28. Honestly I’m pretty sure dead eyed detachment is the only way to look at this without becoming terminally distraught with humanity’s ability to sink to the lowest depths of existential despair and the personal annihilation of the soul that comes with such unspeakable acts.

    In other words: keep doin what yer doin rubjohn. You troll for the sake of us all.

  29. The term “guilty pleasure” gets a whole another meaning if you still like Lostprophets songs after this.

  30. This might be the first Stereogum article that calls for disabled comments. Any reaction besides extreme horror just seems uncouth.

  31. I’m curious as to what the other bandmembers knew. They only JUST disbanded, after the guilty plea. He was charged with sexual offences against children last year. And Watkins was hooking up with young groupies from the very beginning. Did no one notice that their lead singer had a particular taste?

  32. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZzgN7efCoE

    Yikes. This video just got a lot creepier.

  33. Back before he became a right wing toady, comedian Dennis Miller offered this sage advice to pedophiles:

    “If you are a pedophile, well, you just really need to commit suicide. If your idea of a good time is f—ing kids, you need to lean into the strike zone and take one for the team.”

    That pretty much sums it up.

  34. uhhh…..whoa.

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