Ian Watkins Sentenced to 35 Years in Jail

    December 18, 2013
    Kimberly Ripley
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Ian Watkins of the band Lostprophets was sentenced to 35 years today for admitting to 13 separate offenses where he–along with two female accomplices, performed sex acts on children. His sentencing also includes punishment for the attempted rape of a baby. Watkins’ accomplices received 14 and 16 years behind bars.

During communication the singer had with a fan from jail, he admitted to trying to have sex with the 11-month-old baby boy. Given this kind of depravity, he should never be allowed out of jail again.

Ian Watkins is being further investigated in both Germany and the United States on allegations he may have committed additional acts of sexual and child abuse.

Mr. Justice Royce presided over the Watkins trial and the sentencing in the U.K. He told the three accomplices that they had “plumbed new depths of depravity.”

He then turned to Ian Watkins.

“Those who have appeared in these courts over many years see a large number of horrific cases. This case, however, breaks new ground,” he said. “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 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.”

When the Lostprophets singer was sentenced, cheers erupted from the public gallery. Do you think Ian Watkins was aptly sentenced? He’s lucky he’s not in a prison in the United States. He’d be a target for sure. Perhaps sexual predators are treated that way in the U.K. as well. One can only hope.

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  • So

    I disagree with one point in this article. Those female fans knew what they were doing. They weren’t tricked into abusing their own children. I get tired of women not paying the full price men pay for the same exact crimes. They should all get the same amount of time. In America, if a teenage boy has sex with an older woman, he is considered lucky. If a teenage girl has sex with an older man, she is considered violated. It is all hypocrisy and biased.

    I right now know of a woman who had sex with a teenage boy and she received a misdemeanor and 3 months probation. I also know a guy who went to meet a person from the internet after he was invited five times and pursued for a year. He literally never even saw a person, but he has three felonies and a 30 year sentence. The woman who does harm to a person has nothing done to her. The man who doesn’t even see a person has his life destroyed. That isn’t right.

    I also don’t understand why the author would make her final comment. Does she really think good will come about by wishing death on another person? Does she really think that evil will be defeated by doing more evil? Maybe one day she will find herself in prison and she won’t be so quick to judge. I work in a courtroom. I see many innocent people go to prison every year. It is easy to go to prison in the US. She just might find herself or someone she loves in there. After all, we incarcerate the most people in the world —- by far.

    Come Ms. Ripley, sit with me in a courtroom for a year. See the injustice. You won’t be so quick to be so self-righteous.

    • @So

      I like your comment. You spoke the truth. I worked in a courtroom for 10 years. I saw everything you wrote about. In America, people have this illusion that just is fair. No, most pleas are forced and if you don’t have money, you will be found guilty. Then when you investigate prison, you find it is all about money. Prison is big business. I don’t know much about the case in the article because it is in England. I do know American courtrooms and they aren’t like people see on TV on Law & Order. There are lots of innocent men and women in American prisons.