Lead singer of Lostprophets sentenced to 29 years

Ian Watkins Courtesy South Wales PD

Ian Watkins
Courtesy South Wales PD

LONDON – A British judge has sentenced the former lead singer of the rock band Lostprophets to 29 years behind bars, followed by 6 years of strict probation for a string of sexual offenses.

Founding member and lead singer 36-year-old Ian Watkins was sentenced after pleading guilty last month to 13 charges, including attempting to rape a baby, sexually touching a 1-year-old, encouraging a fan to abuse her child and making child pornography.

Judge Roger John Royce told Watkins he had “plumbed new depths of depravity” as he handed down the sentence on Wednesday in a Cardiff Crown courtroom.

Lostprophets are a Welsh rock band from Pontypridd. They formed in 1997 by Watkins, Mike Lewis (guitar), Mike Chiplin (drums) and Lee Gaze (guitar).

The band had two top ten hits on the UK Singles Chart (“Last Train Home” and “Rooftops”), one number one single on the Alternative Songs chart (“Last Train Home”), several Kerrang! Awards and nominations, and sold around 3.5 million albums worldwide.

The band released a total of five studio albums. Soon after the release of their last album ‘Weapons,’ which was released in April of 2012, Watkins was arrested for multiple sexual offenses against children. The band cancelled all tour dates and in October of this year announced the breakup of Lostprophets.

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