British sex offender to play Super Bowl XLIV half time event?
Rumor has it that the remnants of the band the WHO, Roger Daltrey and PeteTownsend will be playing the half time gig at the Feb. 7, 2010, at Miami's LandShark Stadium SuperBowl XLIV.One has to wonder what the organizers, the NFL and CBS, are thinking ininviting the aged British Rocker Pete Townshend, fresh off British
Violent and Sex Offender Register
(ViSOR), to play at this, one of the most family centeredevents of the Sports calendar.Townshend was registered as a Sex Offender in 2003, following a policeinvestigation, for viewing online child pornography. Townshend admitted usinghis credit card to access child abuse images, claiming that they were for ‘research’for a book in 1999. The FBI lists ‘research’ as one of the more common excusesused by alleged pedophiles when caught.
Cleared of possession of child pornography he was ordered placed on the
BritishViolent and Sexual Offender Register
(Visor) for five years. He was admonished by child advocacy groups in 2006 for writing a graphic teen sex story on his blog which he retracted admitting it was "ill advised" to write. Townsend, despite being listed on VISOR, has been traveling to and from the United States withimpunity since the incident.
‘Inviting him to appear is an insult to child sex crime victims everywhere,’ EvinDaly, CEO of Child AbuseWatch, the U.S. based child advocacy group said. “Childporn is not a victimless crime. Because Townshend admitted to his crime andavoided a charge does not make his actions any better.” He went on to say thatchild sex crimes are a ‘one strike and you’re out.’ Daly continued, "There is nounderstanding of child sex crimes, no excuses and no second chances; celebrity