Is the WHO’s Pete Townshend a sex offender? Depends on who you believe and what constitutes an offense. Was he dumb enough to use his credit card to access a child porn site? Yes. Was he cleared of Child porn charges? Yes. So what’s the big deal? Despite an investigation that turned up no child porn evidence in his home or computer, Pete Townshend still used his credit card to access a site which had child porn on it; he told the authorities it was for research he was doing. And for that offense he had to register as a sex offender in the United Kingdom from 2003 to 2008.
So who else is guilty of being stupid in this case? How about the NFL. The NFL decided it would be a wise thing to hire the WHO to play the halftime show at the Super Bowl in Florida. Probably good for ratings, but not so good for the public image as family advocacy groups descend on the Pete Townshend sex offender angle. The NFL has an image problem as it is, (see Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction, thug football players and screwing over Rush Limbaugh as examples) they surely don’t need to add Pete Townshend sex offender to the list as well.
Townshend claims that he inadvertently came across child porn on the internet and decided to document how easy it is for the real pedophiles out there to access the horrid content. Here is a link to Pete Townshend’s six page dissertation of what he found and how he found it. It also describes how easy it is for the real criminals to obtain the pictures and content they desire.
Now here comes the rub; this piece is not to argue whether or not Pete Townshend’s a sex offender or just somebody trying to do something good but went about it the wrong way. I don’t know. But no matter what he was a registered sex offender in the UK and because of that he is required by Florida law to be taken into custody upon arrival and register as a sex offender in the state of Florida.
The other interesting nugget to this story is how exactly will the NFL play this? Will they allow Pete Townshend sex offender extraordinaire to play the Super Bowl or go with someone a little safer like, I don’t know……Lady GaGa.