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Pete Townshend Triggers Super Bowl Warning

1/28/2010 2:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

People who live around Sun Life Stadium in Miami -- where Super Bowl XLIV will be played a week from Sunday -- have received this advisory -- watch your kids, because Pete Townshend of The Who fame is coming to town.

Pete Townshend

Townshend became a registered sex offender after being arrested in 2003 in a pedophilia sting in the UK. Townshend was not convicted but placed on a sex offenders list.

The Who is playing the halftime show at the Super Bowl and several child abuse organizations have sent postcards to 1500 homes and several schools close to the stadium, warning that Townshend will be in town.

It's unclear if Townshend is still on the official sex offenders list -- he was supposed to be taken off after 5 years.

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rhbjorn    

@Laura
The Smoking gun has a somewhat different take on it.
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/petetownshend1.html

1675 days ago
47.

joe    

I did not know he was a pedophile. They should not allow him in the country.

1675 days ago
49.

PolarBear    

I want you all to go buy a book by Naomi Wolf called "The End Of America". Read it from cover to cover at least twice and start a study group to start pro-democracy support groups in your area. It will turn things around in your life and you won't find yourself suffering the slings and arrows of outragious STUPIDITY such as with acts like this nonsense notice involving/not involving Pete Townshend. You owe it to yourself. Get going!

1675 days ago
50.

Ann    

If there had been even one picture of child porn (let alone 10,000) on any of his computers Pete Townshend would indeed have been charged. To be in possession of child pornography is a criminal offence. THAT is what he was arrested on suspicion of. He was never charged because they found nothing on 20 computers in his home and continued to find nothing over the course of the next four years. I suppose someone thought 10,000 pictures was a nice round number to use, huh?

1675 days ago
51.

Jennifer Bouldack    

WOW….Well, since all of you seem to KNOW that Pete Townsend isn’t a pedophile even though child porn was on his computer, then I am sure he will be able to fight these charges and prove his innocents..right?
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HELLO, EINSTEIN. I think the word for which you are looking is "innocence." You might want to be able to write in some level above third-grade if you want anyone to give a rat's ass about what you have to say.

And second - the legal battle for this issue was OVER about 10 YEARS AGO. READ THE FREAKING STORY.

Ok. That's it. I am getting out of here. You people are absolutely WHACKED. I've never seen a more ignorant group of people in my life.

TMZ - where do you FIND these people? I am embarrassed that I read your site and THESE are the other people who read it. THAT surely says something about me, so I need to reconsider my interest in this site.

It scares me to think THESE are the people who elect our officials and are driving cars out on the roads where my family and I drive. I am frightened for the world.

I've got to get out of here and take a nap.

1675 days ago
52.

beth    

As part of a plea he may have taken "lifetime supervision" and was then found not guilty. I was on a jury once and that was how it ended. Doesn't mean he is any less of a threat to anyone or not a threat to anyone. Can't be too careful these days

1675 days ago
53.

charley hardman    

if you crave pics of nude children, what's the best "job" to seek?

not surprisingly, the answer is "someone in charge of prosecuting people for having pics of nude children". all day long you're examining. ranting. panting.

these jokes are a step between. protesting too much.

1675 days ago
54.

magnolia    

well done miami. expose this pedophile for what he is. thank goodness i saw the who way before this came to light, because now i'd just as soon run townsend over with my truck.

1675 days ago
55.

bobismyuncle73    

I'm not surprised that this is happening in Florida. This is the same state that has enacted "over the top" kind of restrictions on "anyone" who has even "remotely" come close to committing some kind of sexual offence.

Child porn, luring, sexting, urinating in public, sex between consenting teens...I could go on...any of those charges can get you lumped into the same mold.

And once your in that mold...they have restrictions in some counties making it illegal to live or even pass by within 2000 feet of any school, daycare centre, public park, community centre, swimming pool, etc. Just for fun, if you live in an urban area, take a map out, and draw a 2000 foot circle around all of these places. Then try to figure out where you can live, where you can work, and where you can get groceries...without violating any of those terms.

Now you have people living in the woods, underneath bridges...simply because they can't live anywhere else because of the crazy restrictions in Florida. Their approach is not a solution to addressing the problem...because all it does is force people to go underground and not register.

These crazy vigilante groups and the politicians that listen to them...really need to come up with a more sensible way to address the problem.

1675 days ago
56.

Frag The Paps    

So my question would be.......where is the book that he was doing the research for? How can people stand up for this guy? What kind of research involves searching out child porn? What could those pictures possibly tell you? That it's wrong? That it's sick? I just don't see what he was trying to accomplish. As for never being convicted, they didnt go to trial, because he admitted it. Since he is famous, he got a pass on jail.

1675 days ago
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DR Jimmy    

1675 days ago
58.

Vic    

TO PETE: HEY PETE! BIG FAN HERE. I WOULD SURE BE SAD IF YOU DECIDED TO TELL FLORIDA TO GO TO HELL AFTER THIS AND SKIP THE SUPER BOWL ALTOGETHER...BUT I WOULD NOT BLAME YOU A BIT. I WILL STILL BE A FAN, I WILL STILL LISTEN. IT'S JUST A LOUSY FOOTBALL GAME. LIKE YOU NEED THE AGGRAVATION.

I'm just sayin'....

1675 days ago
59.

Bill    

Thanks for posting that info, Dr. Jimmy, I was just coming on here to do the same thing. It's good to see there are so many people not being taken in by these lies, but it also saddens me to see how many other people rush to judgement against someone without having ANY facts. I guess our country just loves a good witch hunt.

1675 days ago
60.

Bella    

A BIG thank you to DR Jimmy. Someone who has done his research.

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