September 26, 2020

2003-01-12 – The Observer

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shocked, angry and - vocal

(especially on 'my website)-

about the explosion of adver—

tised paedophiiic images on

the internet.’ v , ,
Admitting he had used his

credit card once to pay for '
images from the internet.‘

Townshend said he was
researching a book and
investigating paedophilia as
a result of his own ‘recov-
ered’ memories of childhood
abuse. ‘I believe I was sexu-
ally abused between the age
of five and six and a half
when in the"-"_care of my
maternal grandmother who
was mentally ill at the time,’
he said. ‘I cannot remember
clearly what happened, but
my creative work tends to
throw up nasty shadows —
particularly in Tommy [the

band’s rock opera].
‘Some of the things I have

seen on the internet have
informed my book which I
hope will be published later
this year, and which will
make clear to the public that

'if I have any compulsions in

this area; they are - to face
what is happening to Young
children in the world today
and to try to deal openly with
my anger and vengeance
thwards the mentallyiil peo-
ple who find paedophilic
pornography attractive.’
Townshend addressed the
issue of child abuse in ‘Fiddle
About’, a song from Tommy
in 1969. In it the ‘wicked’
Uncle Ernie boasts of abusing
a deaf, dumb and blind kid
played by The Who's singer
Roger Daltrey, who goes on
to become a ‘pinball wizard’.
Townshend, 57, is married to
Karen Astiey and has two

. daughters and a son. He won

the Ivor Novello lifetime

achievement award forhis
contribution to music in
2001. Last year The Who
played two highly successful
charity shows at the Royal
Albert Hall for the Teenage
Cancer Trust.

Sources close to the Opera-,

tion Ore said:1,500 people had
now been arrested in raids
across the country including
teachers, care workers and at
least 50 police officers.

_ Townshend is by 'far the
highest profile person to be
caught up in Operation Ore,
although Detective Constable

Brian Stevens, the police liai-

son officer in the Soham mur-
der inquiry, was charged
with making indecent images
of children and indecent
assault after his details were
passed to the investigation.
Townshend’s credit card
details were passed to British
police along with 7,200 other

CO- Star in child porn riddle ‘

Subscribers to an internet
‘portal’ in the US that gave
access to more than 6,000 -
child abuse websites, mainly
based in Russia and Indone-
sia. The site, part of a child
porn business run from
Texas, was smashed in 2001
after an investigation by the
US postal service.

Officers involved in Opera-
tion Ore believe it could lead
to a 10 per cent rise in the
number of people on the Sex
Offenders’ Register. .

J ohn . Carr, internet
adviser to children’s charity
NCH, said: “This is a much
bigger problem than people
were previously prepared to
admit. This will force us all
to rethink our attitudes. We
are no longer talking about-
the dirty old man in the rain-
coat in the local park. We are
talking about our neighbours
and trusted professionals.’