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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 June 2006, 14:08 GMT 15:08 UK
Rocker Townshend removes net tale
Pete Townshend
Townshend is currently on tour with The Who
Rock star Pete Townshend has removed an online story which included detail of a fictional teen sex experience after complaints from children's charities.

Townshend is on the sex offender's register following a caution for child pornography three years ago.

Townshend acknowledged his tale about two 16-year-olds had "upset certain people, and I sincerely do not wish to offend anyone".

Kidscape director Michele Elliot said: "It's just a form of titillation."

"Responsible adults should not put graphic details of teenagers having sex on the web," she said.


Townshend's message on his website also apologised to "those of you who were beginning to enjoy it".

"I have to accept that even if I write fiction I do so as someone who is well known and carry my past and controversy with me," he added in his blog.

The story was entitled The Comedian.

A spokesman for Townshend said there would be no other comment from the guitarist other than the post on his website.

Tink Palmer, of children's charity Stop It Now! said: "Bearing in mind that he is on the sex offender's register and received a caution, it is most ill-advised, especially considering the popularity of his music and the fact lots of people look up to him."

Townshend was arrested in 2003 as part of Operation Ore, which investigated child pornography websites.

He denied being a paedophile and said he visited a site to research his autobiography.

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