Three police officers face misconduct proceedings about the way they handled reports of child abuse by paedophile Ian Watkins. The former Lost Prophets singer was sentenced to 29 years in prison for a string of sex abuse offences in 2013.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) have been looking at how the police force responded to reports of Watkins's paedophile activity in the four years up to his arrest in 2012. Three officers will face misconduct after the watchdog found they may not have handled the allegations properly. The report recommends a detective sergeant should face further proceedings for gross misconduct.
We probed a substantial number of reports and allegations relating to Ian Watkins made over a four year period to establish exactly who knew what and when, and how police officers responded. This has been a complex process.
The police watchdog will publish a fuller report once a hearing into the findings has been held. It is due to be conducted by South Wales Police.
South Wales Police Assistant Chief Constable Jon Drake says the force has already initiated its own review into the sequence of events prior to Watkins's arrest.
We identified that there were issues of concern and voluntarily referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission which has resulted in the statement today. “The IPCC has made a number of recommendations both in terms of organisational learning and individual officers. We accept these recommendations and will respond promptly to the investigation and its findings. This will include the progression of misconduct proceedings, to take place in the autumn.