Rock Star Who Attempted to Rape a Baby: 'It Was Mega Lolz'

Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins was sentenced today to serve 29 years behind bars and another six under "strict probation," for, among other horrifying things, the attempted rape of a baby.

Watkins, 36, pleaded guilty last month to three counts of sexual assault involving children and six counts involving taking, making or possessing indecent images of children.

Watkins also admitted to the attempted rape of an 11-month-old baby boy, footage of which was shown in court.

Two unnamed female co-defendants, one of whom is the mother of the child Watkins assaulted, were also sentenced to 14 and 17 years.

"Those who have appeared in these courts over many years, see here a large number of horrific cases," said the Cardiff Crown Court judge during sentencing. "This case breaks new ground."

Though he didn't speak in court today, Watkins did have a prison phone conversation with a fan after pleading guilty on November 26, in which he denied being a pedophile.

"I'm going to put out a statement on the 18th just to say it was mega lolz," Watkins told the female fan. "I do not know what everybody is getting so freaked out about."

According to the Guardian, "mega lolz" was a phrase commonly found on Lostprophets merchandise a few years ago.

"Today's sentence does not mark the end of our investigations," said Detective Chief Inspector Peter Doyle.

The South Wales Police have joined forces with Interpol, German police, and the US's Homeland Security to determine if Watkins had abused children in other countries as well.

[mug shot via BBC News]