Ian Watkins, a singer from the band Lostprophets, was sentenced to 35 years behind bars for pleading guilty to heinous child sex crimes. He plead guilty to the attempted rape of two babies along with 13 other child sex offenses. He received 29 years, and then he will be eligible for parole. He claims to have no memory of the atrocious crimes due to a severe crystal meth addiction.
Two women, referred to as Woman A, and Woman B, were also sentenced for child sex crimes. They both willingly gave Watkins their babies, and blessings to sexually abuse their children. Woman A is a 21 year old mother who pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting attempted rape, and sexual assault of a child under 13. She was received 14 years. Women B is a 24 year old mother who pleaded guilty to sexual assault of a child under the age of 13, photograph-related charges, touching and penetrating a girl under 13, and conspiracy to sexually assault a girl under 13. She was sentenced to 17 years.
Woman A took pictures of herself abusing her baby and sent them to Watkins. They were planning a “summer of filthy child porn” and they plotted to use the baby as a “sex slave.” A repulsive 17 minute video of Watkins and the mother was found of them trying to rape her 11-month-old son in a London hotel room. The child is now in foster care.
Woman B abused her baby daughter on camera for Watkins’ pleasure. They also planned to rape her baby girl after they began connecting online last summer. They also plotted “whoring out” the baby to fat old men and torturing her for their own sick pleasure.
Watkins blames his behavior on drug addiction. He says he has no recollection of his abominable crimes because he was addicted to crystal meth. However, Serena Simmons, a psychology lecturer from Nottingham Trent University, said his drug abuse was disassociated from his sex crimes. She said, “Ian Watkins' drug-taking is not the reason for his actions. In my experience I have never met a child abuser who has been made one via their drug-taking. They usually have a long history of abuse or attempted abuse towards children. Looking at his background and analyzing his life over a number of years will be key to establishing where he developed this unhealthy attraction.”
Drug addiction does not turn a person into a sexual offender. However, sometimes, drugs and alcohol do play a part. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, Passport to Recovery offers a list of addiction treatment centers.