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Peaches Geldof has more than 160,000 Twitter followers. She has deleted the revealing tweets, but reportedly still thinks that ‘Woman A’ and ‘Woman B’ should be named.
The 24-year-old Geldof reportedly released the names to her 160,000 Twitter followers after reading about them on a U.S. website. Naming the women may eventually identify the sexual assault victims, which the U.K.’s Attorney General’s Office said is a crime.
“Victims of sexual offences have automatic lifetime anonymity and the publication of names or information which can lead to their being identified is a criminal offense. This is a police matter,” a spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s office told the BBC.
The accused mothers, whom the courts have named ‘Woman A’ and ‘Woman B’, are co-defendants with 36-year-old singer Ian Watkins. All three face a total of 32 charges.
Ian Watkins pleaded guilty to several child abuse charges, including the attempted rape of a baby.
The musician maintains that he didn’t successfully rape an 11-month-old, but admitted to two counts of attempted rape.
He is also accused of feeling up a 1-year-old, possessing and creating child porn, and plotting to rape a baby. He even allegedly urged a groupie to abuse her own child on Skype.
The 24-year-old Geldof has apparently deleted the tweet revealing the two mother’s names, the BBC reports. But she still thinks the woman should be identified.
“The papers MUST name ‘woman A & B’ who offered up their own babies to this monster in the hopes of being close to their (majorly talentless) musical hero without a backward glance, as they are equal in their monstrosity,” Geldof later tweeted. “It sickens me to see just how far the cult of celebrity and super fandom has come when grown women are passing their own kids round. I hate the world sometimes.”
Geldof is the daughter of Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof and the late TV personality Paula Yates.
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The pedophile admitted to twice attempting to rape an 11-month-old child. Some of the other crimes detailed in court were too graphic to be published.
The attorney general and the South Wales police have been trying to discourage people from sharing information about the victims online.
“Clearly, there is strong public feeling about this case and many people are using social media forums to talk about the issues involved,” South Wales detective Peter Doyle told The Mirror. “Our primary objective as an organization remains the safeguarding of vulnerable people and children. Victims of sexual abuse have a right to anonymity in order to protect their future welfare and we urge those discussing the issues raised online to be careful about using information that identifies victims in cases like this.”
The Lostprophets rock band has sold more than 3.5 million records since they started making music in 1997. The band announced its split in October after allegations of Watkins’ sexual abuse hit the news.
Watkins and his two co-defendants will be sentenced on Dec. 18.