This case has been ongoing for a while, but I have steered clear of covering it because it’s just too disgusting. You probably have heard of the case, but if you haven’t, here’s a quick rundown: Ian Watkins of the band Lostprophets was found a few months back to have been trying to rape babies (like, actual babies) and underage girls, sexually assaulting young girls, getting fans implicit in sexually abusing their own children and a whole SLEW of other charges that I won’t even go into here because it’s just really, really sick. Most detectives on the case have said that they’ve never seen anything like it in their careers, but Watkins got away with this shit for years, with plenty of instances of abuse probably not even discovered yet.
Last month, the 36-year-old pleaded guilty to 13 counts of sex offenses (including the attempted rape of a baby) and the sentencing that was handed down yesterday was disgustingly lenient, I think. He’s got a 35 year sentence – 29 of which will have to be served in prison before he is eligible for parole for the final six years. His two co-defendents, who remain unnamed and were only known as Woman A and Woman B, got 14 and 17 years respectively. Yes, these are two of the women who sexually abused their own children while Watkins watched and made the children available for Watkins to abuse, as well. What the fuck is wrong with people?!
From BBC News:
Watkins admitted the attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13 but pleaded not guilty to rape.
He also admitted conspiring to rape a child, three counts of sexual assault involving children, seven involving taking, making or possessing indecent images of children and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a sex act on an animal.
During sentencing, Mr Justice Royce said: “Those who have appeared in these courts over many years, see here, a large number of horrific cases,” he said.
Ian Watkins has been given what is called an extended sentence. It is used for public protection in the case of offenders who are deemed particularly dangerous. His total sentence is 35 years, 29 of which will be served in prison plus a six year period served in the community on licence. If he were to breach the terms of that licence, he could be immediately returned to prison.
The legislation says the extension period is “of such length as the court considers necessary for the purpose of protecting members of the public from serious harm”.
“This case breaks new ground. Any decent person… will experience shock, revulsion and incredulity.” He added it was a “classic case that the evidence was so overwhelming” there should not be credit given.
Well, I should think not. I find it ridiculous that people have been given life sentences or even death sentences for like, involuntary manslaughter or like, shooting someone (which, yes, are awful crimes) and yet a man who preyed on BABIES and fucking children for over a decade, who had fantasies of raping newborns and wanted to impregnate his girlfriends so that he could have sex with their baby afterwards gets a measly fucking 35 years with a chance of parole after 29. This asshole should rot behind bars and never see the light of day again.