Welsh rock star charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with female under 13 and possession of indicent images.
The 35-year-old was charged with conspiring to engage in sex with an underage girl. He faces three separate charges of possession, creation and distribution of indecent images of children. The singer, from Pontypridd, Wales, is also charged with possession of 'extreme pornography'. Cardiff magistrates court heard that 40 images of children and child abuse were being investigated by police.
Two unnamed women, aged 20 and 24, from Doncacster and Bedford, have also been charged with "similar offences". Making an application for all three to be refused bail, prosecutor Mrs Suzanne Thomas said: "They are the sort of charges which will cause public revulsion. The penalty would be a custodial sentence if they were found guilty." Watkins was arrested on Monday as part of an ongoing investigation into child sex offences.
He appeared in court today wearing a black jacket with a high collar and was watched by his mother. A forlorn-looking Watkins did not speak during the 90-minute hearing. The two women also facing prosecution - the younger woman facing four charges and the other facing six - cannot be named for legal reasons All three were remanded in custody to appear in Cardiff Crown Court on December 31.