Sunday, June 17

Lostprophets front man continues grooming from prison


40-year-old Ian Watkins, who is serving a 35-year-long prison sentence for sex offences, has continued grooming. This time, the victim is a mother of a two-year-old, who Watkins has written to repeatedly.

Reports indicate that Watkins has corresponded extensively with the young mother, filling his letters with jokes about her two-year-old watching her as she engages in sexual intercourse as well as asking the young mother to wear an engagement ring. Watkins reveals, in the letters, that he is in love with her.

A spokesperson for the NSPCC, the UK’s foremost child protection service, has said:

“We’re sickened.It’s utterly bewildering that he could carry on grooming. It shows contempt for children he abused and raises serious questions about supervision.”

NME reports:

“She got a letter back and he said he loved her,” a friend of the mother revealed. Following letters, she then visited him back in November before discovering that he had put on four stone, his hair had turned grey, and his teeth were rotting. He then allegedly asked if her daughter “came into the room during sex”.

At that point, she began to feel “scared”, but vowed to never let him have any contact with her daughter. However, police then seized her mobile phone and laptop in December after it was discovered that the pair had been communicating, before taking the child into care. She then returned to visit in January to inform him of what had happened, before coming back again in March.”

A number of years ago, Watkins was charged with “conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under 13 and possession/distribution of indecent images of children.” In 2013, he was imprisoned for 35 years for 13 sexual offences. He is, for the time being, at a high-security prison in Wakefield.

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