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The Who’s Pete Townshend on “pervert” list before Super Bowl gig


Rocker Pete Townshend’s 2003 child pornography scandal has come back to haunt him as he prepares to perform during the Super Bowl in Miami, Florida – flyers warning parents about him have been sent to homes near the stadium.

The guitarist’s band The Who will perform at half-time when the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts clash at Sun Life Stadium on February 7 and child abuse organizations have sent reminders to homes and schools in the area, so parents and teachers are aware the rock star will be in town.

Townshend was placed on a British sex offenders list following his arrest. He was not convicted.

Townsend admitted using his credit card to view images on a child porn website, but insisted he was researching a book.

A previous effort to ban the rocker from attending the Super Bowl failed when U.S. immigration officials rejected child welfare group Protect Our Children’s bid to block Townshend’s work visa.

Protect Our Children officials are now leading the campaign to remind Miami residents of Townshend’s arrest.

Their leaflets feature a photograph of Townshend and warns: “Townshend is a British citizen who was registered as a sex offender in his home country in 2003, for an offence related to child pornography. He will be at large in Miami on February when he arrives to perform at the Super Bowl with his musical group known as The Who. This is a community notification distributed in the interest of public safety.”