There’s no more disturbing story maybe in the history of music than that of Ian Watkins, formerly of British scene-metal hacks Lostprophets, who was recently tried on numerous charges of sexually abusing children, child pornography, and animal pornography. (Some of the descriptions of his alleged acts called to mind scenes from the legendarily offensive 2010 shock-horror flick A Serbian Film.) He pleaded guilty to two counts of baby rape on November 26. Today, Watkins was sentenced to 29 years in prison for his crimes, with an extended license of six years, putting him behind bars for a total of 35 years.
According to Wales Online, the sentencing judge told Watkins he had “plumbed new depths of depravity,” and displayed “evident delight” in his sexual abuse of infants, as well as “almost complete lack of remorse” for his actions. “You are a sexual predator,” the judge told Watkins. “You are dangerous. The public and, in particular, young females and children need protection from you … It’s difficult to imagine anything much worse.”
According to The Guardian, the day after pleading guilty, the imprisoned Watkins spoke to a female fan, denying that any such abuse ever occurred, and his guilty plea was an attempt “to win them over with my charm.” Said Watkins:
I’m going to put out a statement [upon being sentenced] just to say it was mega lolz. I do not know what everybody is getting so freaked out about.
The Guardian also revealed some details of the child and animal pornography images brought into evidence against Watkins, noting that “[of] a total of 90 child abuse images, 24 fell into the most severe category. He also possessed 22 separate bestiality images.”
The two women with whom Watkins conspired to rape babies were sentenced to 17 and 14 years, respectively.
Said South Police And Crime Commissioner Alun Michael: “This case has exposed a level of depravity and abuse that is beyond the comprehension of most people even in an age where we have come to understand the evil nature of child abuse.”