Why One of the World’s Biggest Rockstars Got Away with Child Abuse

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When Ian Watkins was sentenced for his child sex crimes in December of 2013, they were described by the presiding judge as having “plumbed new depths of depravity”.

Among other offences, the former Lostprophets singer admitted he had attempted to rape an 11-month-old baby boy with the help of the child’s mother, and conspired with a second mother to rape her infant daughter. Watkins had also slept with and urinated on a 16-year-old fan of his band, among a string of other similar offences. The judge specifically commented on “the delight that Watkins evidently has when engaging in the most terrible offences involving tiny children”.

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