Ian Watkins, 36, former frontman for Welsh rock act Lostprophets, has today been sentenced to 35 years for child sex offences including the attempted rape of a baby, following the singer pleading guilty to 13 child sex offences at Cardiff Crown Court last month.
According to the BBC, Watkins will spend 29 years of his sentence in jail, with a further six years on licence, and will be eligible for parole after serving two thirds of his prison term. His two co-defendants, mothers of the abused children and due to legal reasons have been named Woman A and Woman B, were also jailed for 14 and 17 years respectively.
Meanwhile, South Wales Police are investigating whether Watkins also committed offences in Germany and America and the IPCC has confirmed it was investigating three police forces over the case.
Detective Chief Inspector, Peter Doyle, senior investigating officer, said “Today’s sentence does not mark the end of our investigations and we will work tirelessly to identify any other victims or witnesses and seek the justice they deserve. In the last few weeks we have received further information that will now be looked at by the investigation team.”
Earlier he said the investigation was large scale because the amount of data involved – 27 terabytes – was “four or five times” the size of the databases held by South Wales Police.
Our thoughts go out to anyone at all affected by the events surrounding the case and the events it involved. We urge anyone with any further information surrounding this news to contact their local authortities.