THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
The Smoking Gun reports Pete Townsend has been cleared. . . sort of:
After a four-month investigation, London police today 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. Townshend was nabbed in January on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children, though no such photos were found following a search of his home and computer.
As [someone other than] John Hudock* observes,
So Pete Townshend has been cleared of kiddie porn charges but he is going to have to be on a sexual offender registry anyway. So it’s even worse than guilty until proven innocent. It’s guilty even if proven innocent.
I must admit, this is most baffling. On a whole host of levels, really.
*If you wrote this, let me know. I know someone did!