Music meets with the criminal justice system. This is very commonplace especially in hip-hop music. However, in this instance, the facts are so terrible, Ian Watkins will have a hard time moving forward with his life as a musician if he is convicted. In the USA, when a defendant is convicted of a sex crime, there is the requirement in most states to register as a sexual offender. The information is then made available to the public so that the public can protect themselves. In the state where I practice, California, the law that permits the public to have access to information about sexual offenders in their neighborhoods is called “Megan’s Law.”
For Nigeria, while there are criminal laws protecting children from sex crimes, they are largely unenforced. Sexual offenders including rapists routinely get away with crimes committed against children and women.
Back to the LostProphets.
For the other band members caught in this situation, they most likely, should Watkins be convicted, might consider disbanding and pursuing solo careers or operating under a new name. Let’s see how this shakes out.
“The lead singer of British rock band Lostprophets appeared in court Wednesday charged with child sex offenses including conspiring with a woman to rape a 1-year-old girl.
Prosecutors said Ian Watkins also is accused of conspiring to engage in sexual touching with two children; possessing, making and distributing indecent images; and possessing “extreme” animal pornography.
The 35-year-old singer wore a black hooded top and appeared tired during the hearing in the Welsh capital, Cardiff.
Defense lawyer Tom Crowther said Watkins would deny all charges and requested bail, saying his client’s celebrity status could help to enforce bail conditions.
But magistrate Alan Knight ordered the singer detained until his next hearing Dec. 31. . .” –ABC News has the full story.
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