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    Sounds like a lame cover story...
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    I truly hope this isn't true.
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    According to Sky news here, he signed up to a website and paid via credit card, claiming he was curious to see whats in there, as part of his campaigning against child porn.

    I guess time wiwll tell what the story is, however he's certainly guilty of gross stupidity at the very least!
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    I just read it myself, and although extrememly stupid if his cover story is true, it does seem extremly lame that he "thinks" he was abused as a child, and this was only "research". I certainly hope it's not true, but shit, he sure does sound like he is lying...

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    I never believe anything CNN reports right off the bat... but even so, I hope this is BS. Don't want to have to sell my Who records. His excuse seemed a bit week, but the way the media twists things around these days, who knows. Gotta love how they spelled "pedophilia" wrong throughout the entire article.
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    Well the CNN report says he spoke from the doorstep of his home - the sky news footage I saw this morning said he wouldnt speak to the media but instead issued a written statement, complete with images of reporters passing the statement round. So theres some discrepncies there in someones version of events

    There seems to be no doubt he did it but the reason why isnt clear. The sky news report also stated he had been informing police of his activities, and the reason this came up at all was his credit card number was included in a batch from a busted site, then interpol made a statement that the cards included 'an internationally famous rock star' so Townshends piped up and basically said 'yeh well thats probably me, and here's why - '

    Hopefully its all above board so to speak. if its true he's been telling the cops all along what he's doing then hopefully its all legit.

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    I really want to believe his story...
    he already mentioned that he did this on his website about 3 times over the last couple of months...
    I don't think he is the type of person to do this..I mean, he is no Garry Glitter!

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    maybe he's telling the truth, i hope he is, but it's a pretty stupid thing to do. he says he informed police before he signed up so surely all it takes is for someone in the police to agree or disagree with his story for us to find out the truth.

    and they didn't spell paedophile wrong??

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    THE WHO's PETE TOWNSHEND: 'I Am No Paedophile' - Jan. 13, 2003

    THE WHO guitarist Pete Townshend has admitted paying to download child porn from the internet.

    But the rock legend denied being a paedophile and claimed he only purchased the obscene material as research for a book.

    Townshend spoke out after reports said a rock star was at the center of an international probe into child porn.

    Police were said to be preparing to quiz the musician after he bought child sex images from an American pay-per-view porn syndicate.

    Townshend's credit card details were among 7,000 names US Postal Service passed to Scotland Yard.

    The following is Townshend's official statement in regards to his admission of paying to download child porn from the Internet:

    "I am not a paedophile. I have never entered chat rooms on the internet to converse with children. I have, to the contrary, been shocked, angry and vocal (especially on my website) about the explosion of advertised paedophilic images on the internet.

    "I have been writing my childhood autobiography for the past seven years. I believe I was sexually abused between the age of five and six and a half when in the care of my maternal grandmother who was mentally ill at the time.

    "I cannot remember clearly what happened, but my creative work tends to throw up nasty shadows — particularly in 'Tommy'.

    "Some of the things I have seen on the internet have informed my book which I hope will be published later this year, and which will make clear to the public that if I have any compulsions in this area, they are to face what is happening to young children in the world today and to try to deal openly with my anger and vengeance towards the mentally ill people who find paedophilic pornography attractive.

    "I predicted many years ago that what has become the internet would be used to subvert, pervert and destroy the lives of decent people.

    "I have felt for a long time that it is part of my duty, knowing what I know, to act as a vigilante to help support organisations like the Internet Watch Foundation, the NSPCC and Scotland Yard to build up a powerful and well-informed voice to speak loudly about the millions of dollars being made by American banks and credit card companies for the pornography industry.

    "That industry deliberately blurs what is legal and what is illegal, and different countries have different laws and moral values about this. I do not. I do not want child pornography to be available on the internet anywhere at any time.

    "On one occasion, I used a credit card to enter a site advertising child porn. I did this purely to see what was there. I spoke informally to a friend who was a lawyer and reported what I'd seen.

    "I hope you will be able to see I am sincerely disturbed by the sexual abuse of children, and I am very active trying to help individuals who have suffered, and to prevent further abuse."
    THE WHO's ROGER DALTREY: 'PETE Is Innocent' - Jan. 13, 2003

    THE WHO singer Roger Daltrey yesterday broke his silence on the claims of paedophilia against his guitarist bandmate Pete Townshend and said: "I believe Pete is innocent."

    Daltrey, 58, said Townshend had spoken to him about campaigning against paedophile material two years ago.

    He told The Sun: "Pete was very angry about how easy it was to get hold of child pornography on the internet.

    "I believe his innocence will be proven. My gut instinct is that he is not a paedophile and I know him better than most.

    "If he was a Gary Glitter I'd tell you and I'd say he deserves everything he gets. Pete has perhaps been a little naive the way he has gone about it, but I believe his intentions are good."

    Daltrey confirmed his pal vowed to fight child porn after stumbling on an advert for a perv site while on the Net with his son.

    He said: "Pete was disgusted. The ad was made to look like a video game, attractive to kids. It made him angry that people were making money out of it and he's discussed this a lot with me."

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    Oops! I didn't see this before posting my own! Feel free to close mine but it's got some updated info in it.

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    Mmmmmm. Yoda thinks Pete is telling the truth, yes. Yoda thinks Pete is smart enough not to use his CC # for this if he was a pervert.
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    I'll close this as theres already one silly Pete thread happening, but there is new info on here so I won't delete. FH may wanna copy/paste it over later.

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    THE WHO's PETE TOWNSHEND: 'I Am No Paedophile' - Jan. 13, 2003

    THE WHO guitarist Pete Townshend has admitted paying to download child porn from the internet.

    But the rock legend denied being a paedophile and claimed he only purchased the obscene material as research for a book.

    Townshend spoke out after reports said a rock star was at the center of an international probe into child porn.

    Police were said to be preparing to quiz the musician after he bought child sex images from an American pay-per-view porn syndicate.

    Townshend's credit card details were among 7,000 names US Postal Service passed to Scotland Yard.

    The following is Townshend's official statement in regards to his admission of paying to download child porn from the Internet:

    "I am not a paedophile. I have never entered chat rooms on the internet to converse with children. I have, to the contrary, been shocked, angry and vocal (especially on my website) about the explosion of advertised paedophilic images on the internet.

    "I have been writing my childhood autobiography for the past seven years. I believe I was sexually abused between the age of five and six and a half when in the care of my maternal grandmother who was mentally ill at the time.

    "I cannot remember clearly what happened, but my creative work tends to throw up nasty shadows — particularly in 'Tommy'.

    "Some of the things I have seen on the internet have informed my book which I hope will be published later this year, and which will make clear to the public that if I have any compulsions in this area, they are to face what is happening to young children in the world today and to try to deal openly with my anger and vengeance towards the mentally ill people who find paedophilic pornography attractive.

    "I predicted many years ago that what has become the internet would be used to subvert, pervert and destroy the lives of decent people.

    "I have felt for a long time that it is part of my duty, knowing what I know, to act as a vigilante to help support organisations like the Internet Watch Foundation, the NSPCC and Scotland Yard to build up a powerful and well-informed voice to speak loudly about the millions of dollars being made by American banks and credit card companies for the pornography industry.

    "That industry deliberately blurs what is legal and what is illegal, and different countries have different laws and moral values about this. I do not. I do not want child pornography to be available on the internet anywhere at any time.

    "On one occasion, I used a credit card to enter a site advertising child porn. I did this purely to see what was there. I spoke informally to a friend who was a lawyer and reported what I'd seen.

    "I hope you will be able to see I am sincerely disturbed by the sexual abuse of children, and I am very active trying to help individuals who have suffered, and to prevent further abuse."
    THE WHO's ROGER DALTREY: 'PETE Is Innocent' - Jan. 13, 2003

    THE WHO singer Roger Daltrey yesterday broke his silence on the claims of paedophilia against his guitarist bandmate Pete Townshend and said: "I believe Pete is innocent."

    Daltrey, 58, said Townshend had spoken to him about campaigning against paedophile material two years ago.

    He told The Sun: "Pete was very angry about how easy it was to get hold of child pornography on the internet.

    "I believe his innocence will be proven. My gut instinct is that he is not a paedophile and I know him better than most.

    "If he was a Gary Glitter I'd tell you and I'd say he deserves everything he gets. Pete has perhaps been a little naive the way he has gone about it, but I believe his intentions are good."

    Daltrey confirmed his pal vowed to fight child porn after stumbling on an advert for a perv site while on the Net with his son.

    He said: "Pete was disgusted. The ad was made to look like a video game, attractive to kids. It made him angry that people were making money out of it and he's discussed this a lot with me."

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    Jan 13, 3:19 PM (ET)

    By ED JOHNSON

    (LONDON (AP) - Rock star Pete Townshend of The Who has been arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children, police said Monday.

    Scotland Yard announced that a 57-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of making and possessing indecent images of children and of incitement to distribute indecent images of children.

    Police, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the suspect was Townshend. He has not been charged with a crime. Under British law, suspects are not charged immediately upon arrest, and some people are eventually released without charge.

    Townshend, 57, said Saturday he had used an Internet Web site advertising child pornography.


    He made the admission after a newspaper reported detectives were investigating an unidentified British rock star for downloading child pornography.

    Police said they arrested Townshend under the Protection of Children Act after executing two searches at a business and a home in Richmond, Surrey, the town outside London where he lives. They said they took computers from the home and were examining them.

    Townshend was being held at a southwest London police station.

    Townshend said in his Saturday statement that he was not a pedophile and only used the porn site once while doing research for an autobiography dealing with his own suspected childhood sexual abuse.

    Townshend helped form The Who in London in the early 1960s and wrote most of the band's hits. The title character in Townshend's 1969 rock opera "Tommy" - a deaf, dumb and blind pinball wizard - is sexually abused by an uncle.


    Their parade of hits included "I Can See For Miles,""Pinball Wizard," and "Won't Get Fooled Again."

    Earlier Monday, a group of police officers arrived at Townshend's Richmond home, one carrying a plastic crate containing packaging to store potential evidence.

    Townshend's arrest came as part of Operation Ore, a crackdown on people who view child pornography on the Internet.

    British police have arrested 1,300 suspects as part of the sweep, including a judge, magistrates, dentists, doctors and a deputy school headmaster. Fifty police officers also have been arrested, and eight of them have been charged with offenses.

    Operation Ore is the British arm of an FBI-led operation that traced 250,000 suspected pedophiles around the world through credit card details they used to pay for downloading child pornography. The names of British suspects were passed on to police in Britain by U.S. investigators.

    Townshend's friend, the model Jerry Hall, said Sunday he was an "avid supporter" of child welfare charities and had spoken at length about the dangers of child pornography on the Internet.

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