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Pete Townshend may be alright

Who frontman to be 'given a caution' on child porn charges, may not have been implicated in actual malfeasance

Dateline: Sunday, April 20, 2003

Evening Standard, March 10

Rock star Pete Townshend will not be prosecuted for possessing child pornography, it was reported today.

The Who guitarist, 57, is expected to get a formal police caution, after insisting he accessed a child porn website as part of a research project into the horrors of the paedophile trade.

Sources say the decision came after detailed examinations of computers seized during a raid at his Richmond home.

Insiders say it now appears "highly unlikely" he will face a court appearance. Townshend's credit-card details had appeared among 7,272 names handed to police by the US Postal Inspection Service.

The charges he had faced - of possessing, making and incitement to distribute indecent images of children - could have led to up to five years in jail.


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