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Singer Ian Watkins jailed for 35 years for child sex offences

Ian Watkins, former lead singer of British rock band Lostprophets, has been sentenced to 35 years for child sex offences including the attempted rape of a baby. Watkins had previously pleaded guilty to a series of sexual offenses in November.

entertainment Updated: Dec 18, 2013 20:48 IST
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Ian Watkins, former lead singer of British rock band Lostprophets, has been sentenced to 35 years for child sex offences including the attempted rape of a baby.

Watkins had pleaded guilty to a series of sexual offenses in November.

Watkins, 36, was arrested last December and charged with more than 20 offenses, including raping a baby, conspiring to sexually assault a child and making indecent images.

He had denied the charges but changed his plea later at Cardiff Crown Court and admitted 11 offences, including sexually touching a one-year-old, encouraging a groupie to abuse her child and making child pornography.

Lostprophets — which formed in 1997 and had a chart-topping album in 2006 with "Liberation Transmission" — announced it was disbanding after Watkins' arrest.