Currently being held at HM Prison Rye Hill in West Yorkshire after being jailed back in December 2013 due to a link of charges and offences, including the possession of extreme pornography and attempted rape, former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins has allegedly been grooming a young mother from behind bars.
According to reports, the 21-year-old mother – who will remain unnamed – initially met Watkins as a fan when she was aged 16 before they exchanged letters eventually leading to her prison visits.
During some of her visits, it is alleged that he told her he loved her, suggested that she wear an engagement ring, and the mother has also reportedly admitted during one visit that he made a sick comment about her child seeing her have sex.
It is further alleged that the mother believes that Watkins is innocent, and upon a November visit last year discovered that he had put on four stone in weight, that his hair had gone grey, and that he had rotten teeth.
It has also been reported that, after taking away the mum’s phone and laptop in December, authorities were then said to have taken away the child from her care, though Wakefield jail staff have said “nothing untoward” had been found in the pair’s letters and emails, it is claimed.
The mother has reportedly said that she felt “scared”, but insisted that she “won’t let my daughter near him.”
Following his sentence back in December 2013, Watkins is currently serving a sentence of 29 years in prison, with eligibility to apply for parole after serving two-thirds of his prison term, followed by six years of supervised release.