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Posted on Dec 19, 2013 06:43 am
Disgraced Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has been jailed for 35 years after admitting to 13 sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby.
Onlookers saw him shaking uncontrollably as he was given the long sentence, with cheers from those viewing the sentencing in court.
Two females aged 21 and 25 were given 14 and 17 years in jail for playing a part in some of the offences. They all pleaded guilty, and cannot be named for legal reasons.
Among his crimes, Watkins sexually touched the 11 month old baby of one of his fans, and encouraged another fan to abuse their own child via webcam. More details here. The judge said that Watkins' offences "breaks new ground."
"You had many fawning fans. That gave you power. You knew you could use that power to induce young female fans to have help satisfy your insatiable lust and take part in the sexual abuse of their own children. Away from the highlights of your public performances lay a dark and sinister side," said the judge.
The Chief Inspector from the South Wales police said Watkins was entirely emotionless and unrepentant to any of his victims.
"He has shown no empathy, no sympathy or any remorse for what he has done," said Inspector Peter Doyle. "It's as if he just doesn't care. He has shown no remorse at any time. In my view, that potentially makes him the most dangerous sex offender I have ever seen."
Police are now searching for others who may have been abused by Watkins, following a flurry of tip-offs.
In an uncomfortable twist, he has earned an estimated £100,000 in song royalties since being arrested last year, when Lostprophets sales saw a rise. His appearance on news features reporting on his sentence will give an extra boost to his income if samples of Lostprophets songs are featured in reports.