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Singer Ian Watkins jailed for 35 years for child sex offences

Agencies  London, December 18, 2013
First Published: 20:38 IST(18/12/2013) | Last Updated: 20:48 IST(18/12/2013)

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.

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