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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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76.

Once white trash always WT    

Ha ha ha! Yeah research. You dopes believe him!!!!!!!!!!! Boy you can overlook anything if they are your hero just like MJ. He would be a moron to look and not think an alarm would go off. If he was doing research he would look and not dowwwwwwwwnload it or have it on his computer.Yes he wasn't arrested, he's pete from the who, a big celebrity or used to be with big money, fame etc. Why they are in the superbowl don't know. It's not 1975. He's a dirty perv bottom line. Sicko. Ha ha ha , the who need to be in a home too!

1731 days ago
77.

Rockstar    

I don't really get why Florida gets all hysterical about alleged sex crimes that didn't result in a conviction when in the news, it would appear that Florida is FULL of perverts and freaks. I'd be more scared of the average Floridian than Pete Townshend. IMO, other states should pass out a notification if someone from Florida moves to your community.

The whole hysteria over sex-offenders and whatnot is nothing but fanaticism whipped up by politicians and media types like Nancy Grace. The fact is, your kids have a MUCH, MUCH greater chance of being attacked by someone the parents know, or a priest, than some random stranger, even if that stranger is on a "registry." These fanatics scare me far more than the bogey men "sex offenders" they created.

These people have to justify their cowardice somehow, and what better way than to *exploit children* to do so?!

1731 days ago
78.

K    

To the person who said that comments here are ridiculous-- i forget what you said, but I agree the majority are insipid-- but if you want a nice refresher on what you COULD be reading, check out the comments on Perez. The people who comment on there are absolutely batsh** and brain dead. TMZ commentors are so much better, and that's saying a lot.

1731 days ago
79.

Hussie    

Why aren't the warning residents about the THOUSANDS of sex offenders that reside in Florida?...
Why attack a "guest" who was INVITED to play in Florida?...

Like I said earlier, until Florida cleans up it's own sh1t, they have no right griping about anyone else...
Florida is well known to be a haven for sex offenders, especially the child murdering kind...
This idiot should be sued for defamation, as his personal vendetta against Townsend clearly violates the law...

1731 days ago
80.

roxi    

People defend him because they are also pedophiles, really, it’s that simple. Why else would people get so worked up about this? No one here knows him personally or was there when he was arrested and had 14 computers taken into evidence. The FACTS are he was found with child porn, links to the site, a few pictures, it doesn’t matter. ONE picture, ONE link is too many. END OF STORY. To Dr. Jimmy and all the other monikers that you are posting under, your web site links mean nothing!

1731 days ago
81.

Ice Water    

Who's Next is my fave album of all time. It REALLY rocks! Thank you, Who, for the great music.

1731 days ago
82.

OJ    

94. Why aren't the warning residents about the THOUSANDS of sex offenders that reside in Florida?...
Why attack a "guest" who was INVITED to play in Florida?...
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BECAUSE THEY AREN’T PLAYING AND BEING GLAMORIZED AT THE SUPER BOWL THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE “FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1731 days ago
83.

ted elder    

I have children. I know a lot about Pete Townshend. I would let my kids around him. These people need to put their time and efforts into something more productive. Pete Townshend has done more for children's charities than any musician you could find. TMZ should take this down as it calls attention to these nuts who don't deserve the attention.

1731 days ago
84.

roxi    

#51. SAID
WHAT IS A "SEX OFFENDER"?

A teenage girl who sends her boyfriend a dirty picture can and have been charged with sex offenses and placed on the registry

Strippers who "cross the 6 inch barrier" (touch themselves) can and have been placed on the sex offender registry.

A man urinating in the woods can and have been placed on the sex offender registry.

WHAT WAS THE REGISTRY FORMED FOR?

To notify a community of a VIOLENT SEXUAL PREDATOR. (ie the man who kidnapped, raped and killed Carly Brucia)

This nonsense not only perverts the cause of a registry, it diminishes REAL ACTUAL victims and desensitizes the community to actual predators.
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YOU FORGOT ONE,: ANYONE HAVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ON THEIR COMPUTER, ONE PICTURE OR 10 THOUSAND, DOESN’T MATTER!

1731 days ago
85.

roxi    

What is everyone talking about? The guy was arrested with child porn! What does that have to do with who else is on the sex registry? Maybe some shouldn’t be, but he doesn’t fit into any of those molds.
He wasn’t arrested for peeing in the woods, or texting naked pic’s of himself to his boyfriend…you people aren’t making sense now, just reaching.

1731 days ago
86.

Dawn    

Pete was put on the Sex Offender's list in the UK because he was found to have child pornography on his computer. He said at the time that he was doing research into pedophilia and child abuse as he was molested as a child. The story was very big in the UK at the time. Although there was no trial he was given a caution and put on the registry. If he kept out of trouble for five years he would be taken off the list which I believe has happened. Although I agree with the need to protect children I believe what this group has done was wrong. Pete Townsend may indeed have been researching in a need to explore and find closure on his abuse, but how he proceeded with it was absolutely wrong and he has paid a price and taken his punishment. He has never been found guilty of molesting a child as far as I know and it should not have been brought up in this context.

1731 days ago
87.

roxi    

Pete Townsend may indeed have been researching in a need to explore and find closure on his abuse, but how he proceeded with it was absolutely wrong and he has paid a price and taken his punishment.
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What price did he pay? Getting invited to do a super bowl party in the US is seems a little light to me???

Other countries are pretty lenient with sexual abuse of children, so it doesn’t surprise me that a famous, rich person such is the case with Townsend would get a slap on the wrist and told, “now don’t do that again, ok”? And there is NO WAY that anyone trying to deal, or remember, or heal from a child abuse history would be advised to search on line kiddy porn sites. Pedophiles are often victims themselves, and become predators later in life. With that said, he is guilty of having child porn on his computer, that is a fact.
The facts still remains for me that HE HAD CHILD PORN ON HIS COMPUTER…HE SHOULD NOT BE INVITED TO PLAY AT A FAMILY EVENT IN THE US!

1731 days ago
88.

roxi    

LMAO…If this wasn’t so sad, it would be hilarious. I especially like the “he was doing it for research” Or, “he was trying to heal or remember the horrors of his past”…LOL, I wonder if that works for rapists and murderers and serial killers….LOL, some of you are just plain off your rocker.

1731 days ago
89.

GTLT    

Jennifer Bouldack, since you were a little late to the post I forgive you.

1731 days ago
90.

lala    

What a bunch of psychos for putting this out.

The Who will rock that town just like they rocked New York city for playing the longest set of all the guests from the 911 firefighters benefit concert. Rock on , pete.

oh yeah, and they also got a Kennedy Honor by Geo. W., Dec. 2008.

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