Ian Watkins sentenced to 35 years in prison for child sex abuse

Dec. 18, 2013 at 10:41 AM

CARDIFF, Wales, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins was sentenced in a Cardiff court to 35 years in prison for multiple sex abuse charges, including the attempted rape of a baby.

Watkins, 36, pleaded guilty in Cardiff Crown Court to 13 child sex offenses last month, but he insisted he was a drug addict with no recollection of the acts.

The BBC said Watkins is expected to serve 29 years behind bars before he is eligible for parole.

His two co-defendants -- fans of the musician and the mothers of the abused children -- were also sentenced to 14 and 17 years in prison respectively, the British broadcaster said.

The women's identities have not been officially released to the public.

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