“Rockstar pedophile” Ian Watkins, the former singer of the Lostprophets, was sentenced to 29 years in jail on Wednesday, People wrote. A British judge said the Welsh singer had "plumbed new depths of depravity" after he pleaded guilty to numerous sexual offenses against very young children.
The 36-year-old pleaded guilty to 13 charges last month, which included the attempted rape of a baby, sexually touching a 12-month-old and emboldening a fan to abuse her own child and make child pornography.
Judge John Royce called labeled him a dangerous and manipulative sexual predator who abused his celebrity status to feed his "insatiable lust."
"Those who have appeared in these courts over many years see a large number of horrific cases,” the judge added when Watkins was sentenced on Wednesday in Cardiff Crown Court. "This case, however, breaks new ground."
It was rumored by The Stir that Watkins told a fan, “If you belong to me, so does your baby.”
The news site added that the 36-year-old was “visibly shaking” while he was sentenced. It is mandatory for him to serve at least two thirds of his sentence behind bars, and then he must spend six more years on a strict probation. Investigators are currently working to determine if Watkins had other victims around the world, since he has had an extensive touring schedule.
Detective Chief Inspector Peter Doyle added police were investigating leads in Germany and the United States, where authorities have apparently been in touch with the German Federal Police and U.S. Homeland Security.
Two female accomplices were jailed for 15 and 16 years, individually, the news site said. They were described by prosecutors as "active participants in the most shocking abuse of their own children.” The women were not identified as to protect the identities of their children.
The Lostprophets formed in 1997. They rose to fame internationally with their chart-topping album “Liberation Transmission,” which was released in 2006. The band announced via Facebook they were breaking up after Watkin’s was arrested.
"After nearly a year of coming to terms with our heartache, we finally feel ready to announce publicly what we have thought privately for some time," the band said in a statement on their Facebook page at the time. "We can no longer continue making or performing music as Lostprophets. Your love and support over the past 15 years has been tremendous, and we'll be forever grateful for all you've given us."
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