Ian Watkins sentenced to 29 years for child sex offences he described as 'megalolz'
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Ian Watkins, 36, has been sentenced to 29 years imprisonment, with an extended licence of six years, for child sex offences. The former Lostprophets singer pleaded guilty in November of this year to 13 separate child sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby. The two women involved were also sentenced today, one of whom has been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment, the other 17 years imprisonment. Wales online confirmed that "Ian Watkins has been jailed for 29 years... with an extended licence of six years, meaning his total sentence will be 35 years." Mr Justice Royce spoke of Watkins' behaviour today, saying "It's difficult to imagine anything much worse." In November, Watkins admitted his guilt to the attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13, despite him previously denying these charges. The court heard that he had filmed the abuse, with many indecent images of children being found on the hard drive of his laptop, and evidence being found in text messages. In October, it was confirmed that Lostprophets had split up, with the other members condemning his actions in a statement, and adamant that they were unaware of how Watkins was behaving at the time. It is thought that the abuse took place in hotels across London and South Wales. Investigating officers have appealed for victims or anyone with more information to come forward, in a nationwide appeal, making it clear that the sentencing of Watkins has not brought the investigation to an end. Despite the sentencing, Watkins has still claimed 'I am not a paedophile'. It has also emerged that during a phone call whilst in prison Watkins described the charges against him as 'megalolz'.
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