Monday, October 08, 2012
Pete Townshend's story illustrates the risks of false accusations of c.p.
Pete Townshend appeared on ABC “The View” today (Oct. 8, 2012) and recounted his being accused of trying to access child pornography in Britain in 1999, and winding up on an offender’s registry for five years.
A posting on the UK Daily Mail by Peter Sears tells his story, here.
Apparently, he paid seven pounds by credit card in 1999 to access a site with a conspicuous link to c.p.
The police also raided his home in 2003 after getting information from US authorities (customs or FBI) based on records of a site in the US hosting c.p.
But he says he never intentionally viewed any illegal content.
Townshed has an autobiography explaining the incident, “Who I Am, A Memoir” just published by Harper.
The incident shows how accusations of this crime can occur. There has been concern that they can come about with virus infection.