In a follow-up to our report on Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins pleading guilty to 13 charges of sex crimes involving children, on Wednesday, December 18, Watkins was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court to a total of 35 years in prison.
Among the litany of charges against Watkins and two unnamed women (for legal reasons referred to as “Mother A” and “Mother B”) were charges of possession of child pornography, conspiracy to engage in sexual touching with young children, and attempted rape of a baby. The singer’s official sentence was 29 years, with an “extended license” of six years for a total of 35. Watkins will not be eligible for release until he has served two-thirds of his sentence. The two women charged in collusion, the mothers of the victims in question, will receive 14 years and 17 years, respectively.
Reports of Watkins’ response to the accusations have been conflicting and across the board, ranging between apologies and utter denial. Before pleading guilty, Watkins had “furiously denied” the charges, and after pleading guilty he reportedly made a phone call from prison calling the charges “megalolz,” denying being a pedophile and saying, “I don’t know what everyone is getting so freaked out about.” In other reports, Watkins apparently claims no recollection of the alleged crimes due to drug and alcohol abuse, and was “shocked” when he saw himself on video performing the crimes in question.
According to Spin, the presiding judge told Watkins at his sentencing, “You are a sexual predator. You are dangerous. The public, and in particular young females and children, need protection from you.” NME reports that the judge also referred to Watkins as showing a “complete lack of remorse.”
Lostprophets went on hiatus when the charges against Watkins were initially brought, an officially disbanded in October. The other band mates have released statements denouncing Watkins.
(Photo: South Wales Police)