Harborough singer and entertainer Robin Maughan pleaded guilty to a series of offences against children.
Maughan, 34, appearing at Leicester Crown Court on Thursday by videolink from Leicester Prison, admitted offences including taking secret indecent videos of two boys, when they were 10 and 12.
He also admitted under-aged sex with a girl, under-aged sex with a boy and receiving and distributing indecent photographs of children.
Maughan, of Western Avenue, Market Harborough, is a popular figure in the town, and sang at the Market Harborough Christmas lights switch-on in 2014.
He also toured with his own Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute band, was a regular cruise ship entertainer, and performed with local amateur dramatics and theatre groups.
Maughan’s victims wept as they heard Maughan’s guilty pleas. It means they will not now have to appear in court to give evidence in a trial.
Maughan pleaded guilty to one charge of taking 17 secret indecent videos of children - two boys aged 10 and 12.
He admitted one count of sexual grooming against a boy, who was aged 14 and 15 when the offences occurred, and eight offences of sexual activity with the boy.
He also admitted a charge of sexual grooming of a girl aged 15, and three charges of sexual activity with the girl.
Maughan admitted six counts of possessing and distributing indecent images of children, and one charge of inciting children to send indecent pictures of themselves to him over the internet.
He pleaded not guilty to two further charges of sexual activity with the boy.
The case was then adjourned for sentencing to March 10 by Judge Robert Brown.
The grandmother of the two young boys who Maughan took covert videos of asked Judge Brown if Maughan could appear in person at Leicester Crown Court for the sentencing.
“We want to look him in the eyes” she said.