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Ian Watkins, the former lead singer for the Welsh band Lostprophets, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison, a month after pleading guilty to child sex offences. The case included gruesome details of abuse and attempted rape that were even too much for some in the media to publish.
Last month, Watkins pleaded guilty to 13 counts of child sex offences in Cardiff court. He did admit to charges of attempted rape, but pleaded not guilty to rape charges. Other charges included sexual assault involving a child; taking, making or possessing indecent images of children; and another charge for having extreme pornographic images that included a sex act with an animal.
The case “plunged into new depths of depravity,” the judge said during sentencing, reports the BBC. “Those who have appeared in these courts over many years, see here, a large number of horrific cases.
Watkins was charged alongside two women, who were the mothers of the abused children, reports Reuters. They also pleaded guilty, with one receiving 14 years in prison and the other 17 years.
“The investigation uncovered the most disturbing child abuse evidence I have seen in my 28 years as a police officer," Detective Chief Inspector Peter Doyle, Senior Investigating Officer for South Wales Police, said. Doyle confirmed that officials are currently investigating possible crimes in Germany and the U.S. involving Watkins.
Lostprophets had sold 3 million records worldwide, but the rest of the band decided to break up in October when Watkins was first charged.
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