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How to spot a paedophile: From Jimmy Savile and Pete Townsend

by | 30th, September 2012

HOW do you spot a paedophile? Allegations that Jimmy Savile raped children at the BBC studios, among other places, make you wonder. When someone is called a child molester, the great unwashed eye them differently.

Pete Townshend, The Who’s back office, recalls his dalliance with thought police. In his autobiography, Who I Am, Townsend recalls his error in researching child abuse on the internet. He said the research was part of a campaign against images of child sex abuse on the web. He paid £7 with his credit card to access the child porn. It went badly. He ended up getting arrested. Townsend was placed on the sex offenders register for five years. In 2003, he was cleared of possessing illegal images of children.

He had looked but he had not downloaded. His crime was one of thought. If someone showed you a revolting image of child abuse on a piece of paper, can it be said that you downloaded it?

He tells the Times:

“It’s a product of success. I had experienced something creepy as a child, so you imagine, what if I was a girl of nine or 10 and my uncle had raped me every week? I felt I had an understanding, and I could help. What I did was insane.”

Mud stuck:

“I’ve had the misfortune to read online comments where I’m judged as a paedophile because I’ve got a big nose.”

If you need a guide as to what to look for when spotting a paedophile, you can go here. You cannot argue with science…



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