Woman denies indecent image charges in Watkins probe

Joanne Mjadzelics appeared at Cardiff Magistrates Court via video link and pleaded not guilty to all charges. Prosecutors said the alleged offences came to light during the investigation into paedophile rock singer Ian Watkins.

Joanne Mjadzelics pleads not guilty over indecent image charges

by Richard Morgan

Joanne Mjadzelics appeared at Cardiff Magistrates Court via video link and pleaded not guilty to all charges.

She is accused of four counts of possession of an indecent image, two counts of distributing an indecent image and one count of encouraging another to distribute an indecent image.

Prosecutors said the alleged offences came to light during the investigation into paedophile rock singer Ian Watkins.

Ms Mjadzelics was bailed to appear before Cardiff Crown Court on April 7.

Appearing via video link from Doncaster Magistrates Court, she was granted bail on the condition that she has no unsupervised contact with a child under the age of 16 and posts no images of a child on social media.

Woman charged as part of Ian Watkins inquiry

Ian Watkins was sentenced to 35 years for sex attacks on young children Credit: ITV News Wales

A 38-year-old woman has been charged with offences relating to the possession and distribution of indecent images, as part of the investigation into Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins.

Joanne Mjadzelics has been charged with four counts of possession of an indecent image, two counts of distributing an indecent image and one count of encouraging another to distribute an indecent image.

Suzanne Thomas, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wales, said: "As part of a wider police investigation, the Crown Prosecution Service was asked by South Wales Police to review evidence files relating to alleged offences committed by Joanne Mjadzelics."

"I have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Joanne Mjadzelics with four counts of possession of an indecent image, two counts of distributing an indecent image and one count of encouraging another to distribute an indecent image."

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