Ian Watkins and two other defendants guilty of child sex offences

26/11/2013

Ian Watkins and two female defendants have pleaded guilty to a series of child sex offences at Cardiff Crown Court. They will be sentenced on 18 December.

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.

"The CPS will not tolerate child abuse; tackling this unacceptable crime is a priority for all of us in the criminal justice system.

"We have recently issued new guidelines for prosecutors dealing with child abuse cases and are committed to supporting victims and bringing those who abuse and exploit children before the courts."