Singer denies child sex charges

Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has appeared in court to deny almost 24 sex offence charges, including two allegations of raping a one-year-old baby.

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Lostprophets singer appears in court on child sex charges

Rocker Ian Watkins has reappeared before a court to face allegations of plotting to rape a baby.

The 35-year-old vocalist, from the band Lostprophets, was arrested with two women earlier this month.

As well as being charged with conspiring to rape a child under the age of 13, Watkins faces five other sex abuse charges.

Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has been remanded in custody after his latest court appearance. Credit: Press Association

They include conspiring to engage in sexual activity with two young children as well as making, downloading and distributing child pornography and accessing "extreme pornography" - relating to animals.

During a previous hearing at Cardiff Magistrates Court, Watkins' legal team said the singer would be denying the charges against him.

Today, Watkins and his co-defendants appeared in Cardiff Crown Court via video-link.

All three only spoke to confirm their names at the preliminary hearing, a formality in the legal process, which lasted less than 10 minutes.

Watkins was refused bail and remanded in custody with a plea and case management hearing scheduled at Cardiff Crown Court for March 11.

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