Ian Watkins was sentenced to 35 years in prison. The 36-year-old former singer of Lostprophets was charged with numerous child sex crimes. He eventually plead guilty to 13 charges, including the attempted rape of a baby.
Watkins will serve 29 years in a Wales prison and spend the remaining six years on parole. Two female co-defendants, who were the victims’ mothers, were sentenced to 14 and 17 years.
The former singer was convicted of conspiring to rape a child, sexual assault of children, creating and possessing pornographic images of children, and possessing pornographic images involving animals.
As reported by BBC, the judge had harsh words for all three defendants:
“This case breaks new ground. Any decent person… will experience shock, revulsion and incredulity… the evidence was so overwhelming… “
The judge blames Ian Wakins for having a “corrupting influence” over the two mothers. He said the former singer has a “complete lack of remorse” and is a danger to society,
During sentencing, prosecutor Christopher Clee provided transcripts that underline Watkins’ lack of remorse. In a conversation that was recorded at the Park Prison on November 27, the former singer discussed his guilty plea with a female friend.
Watkins said he is “going to put out a statement on the 18th.” He also said the entire incident was “mega lolz,” and he cannot understand “what everybody is getting so freaked out about.” The former Lostprophets star maintains that he is not a pedophile.
The Welsh rock band Lostprophets was founded by lead vocalist Ian Watkins and bassist/guitarist Mike Lewis in 1997. The friends were joined by drummer Mike Chiplin and guitarist Lee Gaze.
The alternative rock band eventually sold more than 3 million albums worldwide. They are most well-known for their hit singles “Last Train Home” and “Rooftops.” The band broke up with Watkins’ 2012 arrest.
South Wales Police are currently working with authorities in Germany and the United States to determine whether Ian Watkins committed similar crimes elsewhere.
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