Jan Pickles from the NSPCC says the children involved in Watkins' offences faced "a lifetime of damage." She says the case is not about "celebrity" but about children.
Trial judge Mr Justice Royce told Ian Watkins during sentencing that the case was one of the most horrific he has seen in court. Condemning the lead singer's sex crimes, some too distressing to report, in the strongest possible terms, he said Watkins was a dangerous sexual predator.
"Those who have appeared in these courts over many years see a large number of horrific cases. This case, however, breaks new ground. You, Watkins, achieved fame and success as the lead singer of Lostprophets.
"You had many fawning fans. That gave you power. You knew you could use that power to induce young female fans to help satisfy your insatiable lust and take part in the sexual abuse of their own children.
"Away from the highlights of your public performances lay a dark and sinister side. I am satisfied that you are a deeply corrupting influence, you are highly manipulative, you are a sexual predator, you are dangerous."
Nicola Bowes, forensic psychologist at Cardiff University, told ITV News that these types of offences are rare, but have a 'devastating' for the families involved.
Suzanne Thomas, senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS Wales, speaking after the sentencing Watkins was the "ringleader" of a "terrible conspiracy" to commit "appalling crimes of abuse against young and defenceless victims."
These three defendants conspired to commit appalling crimes of abuse against young and defenceless victims.
The prosecution case was that Ian Watkins was the ringleader of this terrible conspiracy and it is right that his sentence reflects this.
He is a highly dangerous and manipulative individual who preyed on his victims in a calculated manner. The other two defendants were active participants in the most shocking abuse of their own children. They too have received sentences that reflect their admissions of guilt for these offences.
It is incomprehensible that adults would commit such appalling acts against children and young people and our thoughts remain with the victims and those close to them.
The detective leading the investigation into Ian Watkins says the evidence was the 'most disturbing' he has seen in his career.
Today's sentence reflects the gravity of the crimes that have been committed. The three paedophiles responsible for the terrible abuse of two babies have now been brought to justice.
The investigation uncovered the most disturbing child abuse evidence I have seen in my 28 years as a police officer. The guilty pleas have ensured that the jury were spared from viewing evidence that would have been extremely traumatic.
The safeguarding of children has been an absolute priority for the investigation team.
– Detective Chief Inspector Peter Doyle, South Wales Police
Today’s sentence does not mark the end of our investigations and we will work tirelessly to identify any other victims or witnesses and seek the justice they deserve. In the last few weeks we have received further information that will now be looked at by the investigation team.
There are also investigations being conducted by other police forces around the world including Germany and the United States.
Above all this investigation has been focused on the protection of children and my thoughts today remain with those victims.
Police are urging anyone affected by the case to contact them on 02920 634184 or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.
Ian Watkins has been sentenced to a total of 29 years in prison, not 35 as initially reported. He must serve two thirds of his sentence before he is eligible for parole. Once released from prison, Watkins will serve a further six years on licence.
14 years for Mother A
Mother B gets 17 years
35 years in prison for Paedophile Ian Watkins, former lead singer of the lost prophets
In his summing up comments ahead of sentencing, the judge said Ian Watkins and his co-defendants committed "sickening and incomprehensible" crimes.
The details of the offences, many of which have been two graphic to report, were condemned in the strongest possible terms by the judge, as he reflected on how the singer used his power and celebrity to "partake in insatiable lust."
Judge "this case breaks new ground" "what you three did plumbed new depths of depravity"
Judge "you knew you could use that power to partake in insatiable lust"
Judge "what you are doing is both sickening and incomprehensible" #watkins
Judge is going to reflect on the submissions and sentence at 1400
judge "this is a classic case that the evidence is so overwhelming there shouldn't be credit"
Cardiff Crown Court is hearing final comments before sentencing Lostprophets lead singer Ian Watkins and two female co-defendants for a litany of sex crimes including attempted rape of a baby.
The court heard how Watkins' co-defendant, 'mother B', was a fan of the front man.
Mother B was also a fan of Ian Watkins. Mother B "couldn't believe Watkins was interested in her"
"you and your daughter now belong to me" Watkins told Mother B in a message