According to The Yorkshire Post, former LOSTPROPHETS frontman Ian Watkins has been charged with possessing a mobile phone in jail. The singer is serving a 35-year sentence for child sex offenses at HM Prison Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England.
Appearing at Leeds Crown Court, he pleaded not guilty to one count of possessing an unauthorized item in prison between March 4 and March 10, 2018
The 41-year-old, originally from Pontypridd in Wales, appeared via video to confirm his name and enter the not guilty plea during the brief hearing. He wore denim jacket with a white collar for the hearing and his grey and black hair was tied back. He was told he would stand trial on August 5.
“The issue here is that he was in possession of a mobile phone in his cell,” prosecutor Stephen Wood said. “I am not going into specific details about what was found on that phone.
“The jury will have to know about his previous convictions,” Wood added.
In 2013, Watkins was convicted of 13 child sex offenses. These crimes only came to light following a drug investigation.
Six people came forward to make allegations against Watkins before he was finally arrested and jailed for 35 years, the report from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) found. He must serve at least 29 years in prison.
Watkins‘s disgusted LOSTPROPHETS bandmates called it quits in 2013, just before the frontman pleaded guilty to his crimes. They subsequently formed a new group, named NO DEVOTION.
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