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Breaking news: Paedophile rock star gets 35 years, Doncaster woman jailed for 14 for allowing him to abuse her baby

Ian Watkins of Lostprophets performing on the Main Stage at the Reading Festival

Ian Watkins of Lostprophets performing on the Main Stage at the Reading Festival

 

The paedophile singer of Welsh rock band Lost Prophets Ian Watkins has been jailed for 35 years for a string of child sex offences which “plumbed new depths of depravity”.

Watkins confessed to 13 offences at Cardiff Crown Court - where he was described as a committed and determined paedophile.

A 21-year-old mother from Doncaster who cannot be named has been sentenced to 14 years in jail for allowing the singer to abuse her own baby.

She pleaded guilty to a string of vile offences alongside Lostprophets singer Watkins and another mother aged 24 at Cardiff Crown Court.

The other woman from the Bedford area has been jailed for 16 years.

Trial judge Mr Justice Royce told him and his co-defendants that what they had done “plumbed new depths of depravity”.

After sexually touching a groupie’s 11-month-old baby, Watkins then tried to have penetrative sex with the child. He also encouraged a second fan to abuse her child during a webcam chat and secretly stashed child porn videos, some of which he had made himself.

And it is feared the incidents could be just the tip of the iceberg. Police are investigating whether Watkins, 36, committed further abuse in the US and Germany.

The disgraced rock star even spoke with a female fan from prison the day after admitting two counts of attempted baby rape and said he was going to issue a statement saying it had all been “mega lolz”.

Watkins, 36, of Pontypridd, who was called a “determined and committed paedophile” in court, admitted attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13 but not guilty to rape - a plea the prosecution accepted.

He also admitted three counts of sexual assault involving children and six involving taking, making or possessing indecent images of children and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a sex act on an animal.

Trial judge Mr Justice Royce told Watkins: “Those who have appeared in these courts over many years see a large number of horrific cases. This case, however, breaks new ground.

“You, Watkins, achieved fame and success as the lead singer of Lostprophets.

“You had many fawning fans. That gave you power. You knew you could use that power to induce young female fans to 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.”

The judge added: “I am satisfied that you are a deeply corrupting influence, you are highly manipulative, you are a sexual predator, you are dangerous.

“The public and, in particular, young females need protection from you.”

Watkins looked blank as he was led from the dock.

The sentence was greeted by shouts of “Yes” from the public gallery.

The IPCC is now independently investigating complaints made against South Yorkshire Police and its handling of three reports made to the force between March and May 2012 which contained allegations against Mr Watkins with potential evidence.

In a statement, the police watchdog said: “We now have three separate independent investigations into South Wales, South Yorkshire and Bedfordshire Police running alongside each other involving the handling of information held on Mr Watkins prior to his arrest.

“But this is complex and will take time. There are clearly links between the three investigations which cover a four year period and involve numerous allegations and reports and the police response to each must be considered.”

 
 
 

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