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Pete Townsend and child pornography... what really happened???

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by ::::BASSIST::::, Jan 5, 2006.


  1. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    I just heard that The Who is going to tour again with just Roger and Pete. This got me thinking... what ever happened with those child pornography charges laid against Pete Townsend? Was he guilty? If so I wouldnt be going to any of his concerts.
     
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    The charges got dropped but he had to register as a UK sex offender for 5 years.
     
  3. SLIGHTLY off topic...
     
  4. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    yeah, only slightly... oops!
     
  5. AxtoOx

    AxtoOx

    Nov 12, 2005
    Duncan, Okla.
    I wouldn't pay much to see them for different reasons. Keith and John are gone, Daltry's voice is almost gone, Pete is deaf, and the whole band is fill in musicians. Is it really the Who?
    He said he was doing research because of something that happend in his childhood. I guess the courts bought it. Decide for yourself.
     
  6. AxtoOx

    AxtoOx

    Nov 12, 2005
    Duncan, Okla.
    Better explaination than mine, I believe what I was remembering is he works for these organizations because of something in his childhood. I didn't have it quite right.
     
  7. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    A quick Yahoo search yields this:

    According to The Smoking Gun, "London police today (May 7, 2003) cleared Pete Townshend of kiddie porn charges. But the rock star will still spend five years on a U.K. register of sex offenders because the co-founder of The Who visited a web site containing child porn images."

    Here's the site I found that quote:

    http://incestabuse.about.com/cs/childabuse/a/PeteTownshend.htm

    I'm sorry, but I so don't buy this explanation he was researching an album or doing it for the charities he works for. If that were true, how come it was never verified by anyone he works with or anyone from the charities he works with?
     
  8. purfektstranger

    purfektstranger

    Apr 10, 2003
    Canada
    "I'm sorry, but I so don't buy this explanation he was researching an album or doing it for the charities he works for. If that were true, how come it was never verified by anyone he works with or anyone from the charities he works with?"

    + 1
     
  9. Folmeister

    Folmeister Knowledge is Good - Emile Faber Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    Tomball, Texas
    Didn't Gary Glitter get nailed for the same thing? I don't think he had a good excuse.
     
  10. MAGUS®

    MAGUS®

    Dec 23, 2004
    UK
    Glitter got nailed cos he was guilty as hell. He's been in the news again recently trying to flee from some country or other but got arrested
     
  11. Murf

    Murf

    Mar 28, 2001
    Ireland
    Glitter got nailed 'cos he left his computer in to be repaired and the "techie" found the material in question on his hard drive and alerted the police.

    I have some serious doubts as to Townsends explanation as to why he was accessing child pornography..firstly he claimed that he was "researching " this content for various abuse networks who subsequently said he wasnt affiliated to them in any way and had no authorisation..next his story changed to he was doing research for a book!!!!????..come on! he had to firstly find theses websites (intent) and then physically enter a 16 digit credit card number to access the content.


    "for research"..... :rolleyes:
     
  12. Squidfinger

    Squidfinger I wish I could sing like Rick Danko.

    Jan 7, 2004
    Shreveport LA
    Last I heard it was "research" for a book. Pete doesn't really look like the pedophile type to me but who knows.
     
  13. AxtoOx

    AxtoOx

    Nov 12, 2005
    Duncan, Okla.
    I'm a fan of Pete's, but just what does a pedophile look like? From the one's I've seen busted on TV they didn't look like Aqualung. They were pretty straight laced.
    He does write a lot about troubled youth.
    I'm sure I remember part of his explaination was something happend to him when he was young, leaving you to imply molestation, and the pattern seems to be that most pedophiles have been molested.
    I guess I fall into innocent till proven guilty,w/ suspicions.
     
  14. Squidfinger

    Squidfinger I wish I could sing like Rick Danko.

    Jan 7, 2004
    Shreveport LA

    Shifty eyes, members only jacket, pocket full of candy.
     
  15. AxtoOx

    AxtoOx

    Nov 12, 2005
    Duncan, Okla.
    :)
     
  16. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Ya, he's being held without bail in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam for molesting an 11 and 12 year old girl. The most he'll face is 7 years, though. The families of the girls say he paid them $2000 to not press charges. I'm an innocent till proven guilty type, but in this case I agree with you...he's guilty as hell.
     
  17. Yes, except that he has been freed in the last couple of days after giving a "substantial donation" to the Vietnamese lawyers and legal system (details undisclosed :rolleyes: ).
     
  18. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Are you sure about that? because I just saw on Yahoo News last night that he was formally charged with "committing obscene acts" on two young girls on Jan 6.
     
  19. MAGUS®

    MAGUS®

    Dec 23, 2004
    UK
    Glitter really does need to be put away IMO. He's been at this for years and years - he shouldnt be walking the streets. This is no " Townsend " ...'guilty or not guilty '. He's a proper out and out Paedo and as they cant be cured, he really should be incarcerated in a supervised environment. He's one of lifes rejects and he's a danger to children. Period
     
  20. plexibass

    plexibass

    Jun 30, 2005
    i dont buy townshends explanation either. he is the biggest *********** jerk i have ever met in my life. i am a huge fan of the who and collect their music and memorabillia. roger was always nice and so was john. pete can kiss my big white a**, which i'm sure he would like to do. i stopped buying junk off of his website right after the last interview he did with rolling stone magazine just before john died. his arrogance needs to earn him a smack in the mouth. "really it always was my band. the others were my backing band." "i only tour now because john and rog need the money." jerk