Ian Watkins, Lostprophets Singer, Sentenced for Child Sex Crimes

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Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 08:00 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Lostprophets' lead singer Ian Watkins was sentenced to 35 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty last month to 13 charges of child sex crimes, including the attempted rape of a baby.

Watkins, 36, was accused of using his celebrity status to lure young mothers into letting him sexually abuse their children, one who was reportedly only 11 months old. He will be eligible for parole after serving two-thirds of his prison term, according to BBC News. The two mothers of the children Watkins allegedly abused received sentences of 14 and 17 years.
 
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Judge Roger John Royce said he was appalled by Watkins' actions as well as his attitude about the crimes.

"Those who have appeared in these courts over many years, see here, a large number of horrific cases," Royce said during the sentencing. "This case breaks new ground. Any decent person... will experience shock, revulsion, and incredulity."

Royce called Watkins a "corrupting influence," who showed a "complete lack of remorse" during the sentencing, BBC News noted. The judge said the singer posed a risk to women with young children in public.

Royce also scorned the two mothers connected with the case, arguing that while Watkins was the predator, they were in charge of keeping the singer at arm's length of their children.

"That you were manipulated by Watkins may be obvious, but you were a mother — your infant was only 11 months old," the judge told one woman, per the Daily Mail. "A mother naturally loves, protects, shields, nurtures, and cherishes. Your infant would have trusted you implicitly. You totally betrayed that trust. Could there be a greater betrayal?"

The Lostprophets formed in 1997 and were most recognized for their 2006 hit album "Liberation Transmission," which contained the hit single "Rooftops." The group disbanded in October because of the charges against Watkins.

"After nearly a year of coming to terms with our heartache, we finally feel ready to announce publicly what we have thought privately for some time. We can no longer continue making or performing music as Lostprophets," the band said then in a statement.

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