Legendary axe-man Pete Townshend has been keeping to himself since he was cleared of kiddie porn charges earlier this month. British investigators seized the star's computer after it was found that he had visited a child porn site on the Internet, but found that Townshend had not actually downloaded any of the images. Because of this, the charges were dropped, but Townshend was placed on the British national Sex Offenders Register and will remain there for five years. Throughout the ordeal the star remained adamant that he had only visited the illegal site because he was doing research for a memoir documenting his own abuse as a child. The following letter was sent to Rolling Stone via email:
From Pete Townshend:
I intend to work my way back to normality. As a result of all this shit, I've decided to greatly formalize the structure of my charity (Double-O) and the way I work with "survivors" -- so that in future my work is more well-known to everyone. I've kept my profile low in this area out of modesty I suppose, and it has worked against me. I am going to complete my autobiography, Pete Townshend (who he?). I put it down and did not plan to finish it until much later. But now I am going to push ahead until it is done. People need to read about my entire life to get a real picture of who I am. I hope to finish it by the end of the year. So it may come out next year sometime. I am also going to get up and play just as soon as I can.
Finally, I'm going out onto the street to meet people, to smile and shake hands with everyone who has been supportive of me in my hometown. But also to give those people who are "undecided" a chance to look me in the eye and make their own decision.
Going on TV won't help me. I'm too wounded, too crazy, too happy and grateful, too resentful and too busy.
Who fans? I hope that life will go on as usual. Roger has been a rock.