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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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91.

J C    

"There'll be fighting in the street with our children at our feet and the morals that they worshipped will be gone"-The Who.
Yep .sounds like America now thanks to the drugs and counterculture values of the left.
They won't stop until the US is one big ghetto and all the broken people are dependent on the government.Total power.

1539 days ago
92.

elucid    

#47, Laura.

You claim: "Years ago, it was reported that Pete T. was caught in a child porn ring. He had been under suspicion for dealing child porn for quite some time. When the police finally got a search warrant, they checked his computer to find over 10,000 pictures of child porn."

This is a LIE.

How dare you. You should be reported.

1539 days ago
93.

bka62223    

OKAY!!! I cry bullshXX!!! This man was never convicted of commiting any crime against a child, nor involving children!!! Apparently his reason, that he was doing research for a book, was acceptable in his home country's courts of law or he would have been prosecuted.

Damn, this is ignorant. I, myself a christian, imagine that some off-base group of religious fanatics sprearheaded this.

Good Lord, I can see it now... Mommy there's a man with a windmill arm, playing a guitar, following me and he wants to take me to Tommy's Holiday Camp!!!

Puhleeze!!!

Tell ya what, if Pete, Roger and company rock Miami like they did when I saw them at the Rose Bowl, back in the mid-seventies, you better lock up the whole city, cause it ain't gonna be safe for anybody!!!!

1539 days ago
94.

SweetMelissa    

THE WHOLE SEX LIST IS A JOKE, SOME GUY PISSED BEHIND A BAR, NOW HES ON THE LIST WHO MADE THIS STUPID LIST UP ANYWAY????????? NEXT WERE GONNA HAVE A DRUNK DRIVING CONVICTION LIST............. THIS IS PATHETIC. ITS JUST NOT RIGHT IF YOU ASK ME IT JUST ADDS FUEL TO A FIRE. STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!

1539 days ago
95.

roxi    

Yea, and they have people on this sex list that have photos of little kids in sexual situations on their computer too...what is this world coming too....

1539 days ago
96.

Shirl ~~ t.g.    

I do not agree with what these people did. Get a frigging LIFE already!! I wonder how many 1000's of sex offenders live in her area?? Did they send post cards for them as well?? What a waste!!

1539 days ago
97.

Vamp    

What did the cops find when they searched his computers? Nothing. He went to the front of a site doing research for his work with the anger of any parent vigilante enough to want to know what the hell was going on. Do remember this was when the internet was fairly new. All the police found was that he had accessed the front of the site and a few images-none of which were saved to his computer's hard drive.

Did they actually thoroughly search his house though? The police searched Pete's house and confiscated 14 computers and other materials, and after a four-month forensic investigation confirmed that they had found NO EVIDENCE of child abuse images. Pete Townshend was never criminally charged and served no jail or prison time.

What did the British police say verbatim: "After four months of investigation by officers from Scotland Yard's child protection group, it was established that Mr Townshend was not in possession of any downloaded child abuse images."

1539 days ago
98.

Vamp    

I did a quick look on the internet and Evin Daly of Child Abuse Watch, the self proclaimed Florida children's right advocate who is trying to have Pete Townshend of the Who barred from performing in the US, is actually quite suspicious himself in how he presents himself. He anoints his personal website, "The Butler Report" as being the "best news known to humanity" and he writes with an arrogant "look at me now!" style. (Not quite how one envisions a children's rights advocate...)

Most disturbingly though, is a self penned essay I found all over the net, entitled "Men, Sex n' Porn."(sic) In it, Evin Daly is happy to stick up for the rights of men to seek "release" through porn and seems to relish writing questionable passages such as,

"Porn adds pleasure during masturbation also filling in for an absent female. Porn is material fantasy; a replacement for, or supplement to mental fantasy. Women get confused about this"

Daly continues with "The testes produce billions of sperm on a weekly basis; billions that don't take kindly to sitting in the epididymis for long. They want out."

THESE PEOPLE ARE RUNNING CHILD PROTECTION GROUPS!?? WHY!!??

1539 days ago
99.

Luan    

From what i understand, a four month Investigation on his computer showed no downloaded images and he was cautioned on doing research by the police...not the band lol...anyway. He also is known to give alot of money to childrens organizations... which isnt saying much because some studies show that child molestor, not that he is one, more often then not find some sort of mental connection with children and they "identify with them". Im just saying it's not a clear cut issue. PT was fully cooperative in the investigation and wasn't charged. So i think the evidence is in his favor.

Let's leave him alone and go after Polanski

1539 days ago
100.

Luan    

Just to add... i don't think he's guilty. He even said he was doing research to show the ready avalibility of child pornography. I was just playing devils advocate. "/ but everyone knows Florida is odd... lol JK

1539 days ago
101.

Michelle    

What a waste of time a resources. I wonder how many true offenders are being overlooked while these people harass Pete Townshend. Those of you that think this is right need to keep your kids in the house if you are that paranoid.

1539 days ago
102.

RDC    

12. WOW!! I don't see too many white folks having a lot to say about this mess.

But yall damn sure would be up in arms had he been any other race.

Posted at 1:44PM on Jan 28th 2010 by I GUESS HE GETS A PASS CAUSE HE WITH THE WHO!
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You see white people, black people, and brown people on this post?
WOW! You have good eyes!

1539 days ago
103.

RDC    

18. and janet jacksons .02 seconds of nipple was offensive?? make the half time show something that people under the age of 45 want to see.. or at least put some one on that does not get goo-goo eyed over a 12 year old..

Posted at 1:53PM on Jan 28th 2010 by Master
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They put Michael Jackson on the Super Bowl Show, didn't they?

1539 days ago
104.

RDC    

I can't believe some of you believe the explanation that he was doing research for a book. And, by the way, he's gay.

1539 days ago
105.

disturbed    

He was caught by the London police in the largest investigation into child pornography in the UK. He used his credit card to access child porn images.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2003/may/08/arts.ukcrime

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