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Group Distributes Anti-Pete Postcards in Miami

Sex offender group sends flyers to warn residents of rocker's Super Bowl appearance

By Brian Hamacher
|  Thursday, Jan 28, 2010  |  Updated 12:15 PM EDT
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Protect Our Children's post card, featuring Pete Townshend.

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A South Florida group that vilifies sexual predators is again going after its favorite target, rocker Pete Townshend, sending out sex offender advisories in anticipation of his Super Bowl appearance in Miami next week.

Protect Our Children, a non-profit community watchdog group based in Brevard County, is mailing thousands of postcards out in Miami Gardens and the areas surrounding Sun Life Stadium.

Townshend and his group, The Who, are slated to perform during halftime at Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7, and Protect Our Children has spent the past couple months trying to stop him from taking the stage. 

The bilingual postcards feature Townshend's face, his vital statistics and a description of why people should watch out for him.

"Townshend is a British citizen who was registered as a sex offender in his home country in 2003, for an offense related to child pornography," the post card reads. "This is a community notification distributed in the interest of public safety."

Townshend, 63, was never arrested or charged but was "cautioned" by police in England in 2003 after he visited a Website that advertises kiddie porn.

Last month, Protect Our Children had asked U.S. Immigration officials to bar Townshend from entering the country. And South Florida group Child Abusewatch unsuccessfully demanded that the NFL remove Townshend from the halftime show.

The NFL said it's going to proceed as planned and let Townshend perform.

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