Lostprophets' Ian Watkins Baby Rape Trial Date Set

A date has been set for the trial of Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins on sexual offences including raping a baby.

Watkins, from Pontypridd, appeared at a pre-trial review at Cardiff Crown Court via video link from Parc prison, Bridgend.

The court heard his trial due to last three weeks will start on 25 November in Cardiff.

The alleged offences date from May to December 2012

The singer will face 24 separate sex offences, including raping a baby.

The judge said jurors may be offered counselling after hearing the evidence, the BBC reported.

Watkins, whose band has sold more than 3.5 million albums worldwide, also allegedly conspired with another woman to rape a one-year-old girl.

He is also accused of two counts of conspiring to engage in sexual touching with two young children.

He is additionally charged with possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children and possessing extreme animal pornography.

Two other women, aged 20 and 24 from Doncaster and Bedford have been charged with similar offences, police said.

The women, who can not be named for legal reasons, also appeared in court - one by video link, one in person.

The three defendants are accused of 32 offences in total.

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