The horrific child abuse carried out by the Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins has left the nation shocked and appalled.
The "determined and committed paedophile" pleaded guilty Tuesday to a series of "depraved" child sex offences including admitting to two charges of attempting to rape a baby.
Unfortunately, a fellow entertainer shares the same name as one of the UK's most monstrous child abusers.
Ian 'H' Watkins, better known as H from the 90s pop group Steps, has faced a relentless barrage if misdirected abuse following the shocking revelations.
Ian 'H' Watkins
He has announced he will be "taking a break" from Twitter and has also issued a statement on Facebook in an attempt to clarify the fact he has no association with the disgraced Lostprophets singer.
Decided to have a break from twitter... Not sure when I'll be back.. Big Hugs to you all x H x
— Ian watkins (@Ianhwatkins) November 23, 2013
Others on Twitter were more perceptive:
Turns out H from Steps is also called Ian Watkins and is getting so much abuse on his Facebook. Tragedy
— Gaz O (@GAZ0ANTICS) November 27, 2013
The number of people that are mistaking Ian Watkins for the one from Steps (H you remember him) is disappointing.. Take 20 secs to read -_-
— Martyn Littlewood (@InTheLittleWood) November 27, 2013
Feel bad for H from Steps, sharing a name with that sicko Ian Watkins from Lostprohets and wrongly getting some abuse from confused people!
— Belle (@bellechick73) November 27, 2013
Feeling abit sorry for H from Steps. Wrong Ian Watkins morons!!!
— Helen Bull (@Helen_Bull) November 27, 2013
The confusion comes as police warned the paedophile Lostprophets singer may have had more victims.
Fans have posted on several internet forums that an ex-girlfriend of Watkins had repeatedly reported his child porn obsession to authorities, over the course of several years.
South Wales Police released this mug shot of Ian Watkins
Ian Watkins of Lostprophets
Detective Chief Inspector Peter Doyle, who headed the investigation said there was "no doubt in my mind that Ian Watkins exploited his celebrity status in order to abuse young children," he said.
Reports have now emerged that Watkins was an ambassador for young people who met with young children at their hospital beds.
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