Two Labour MPs join rock star Townshend in child porn inquiry (13.01.03)

The Guardian, 13th January 2003

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  1. Troyhand said:

    http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/01/16/1042520719323.html
    Sydney Morning Herald – January 16 2003
    Child sex claims hit two more entertainers

    [Tam Paton and Matthew Kelly are arrested under Operation Ore]

    Former Bay City Rollers pop group manager Tam Paton and popular television presenter Matthew Kelly have joined a growing list of British celebrities arrested over pedophilia allegations.

    The arrests of Kelly and Paton late yesterday, in connection with allegations of sexual abuse against young boys during the 1970s, came after rock star Pete Townshend, of British group The Who, was arrested on Monday on suspicion of child pornography offences.

    Townshend, The Who’s lead guitarist and main songwriter, was arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children.

    He was also suspected of making indecent images of children and incitement to distribute indecent images of children.

    He was freed on bail on Tuesday after being held as part of Operation Ore, a US-led investigation into on-line paedophilia.

    The arrests of Paton and Kelly were not connected to that operation, a police spokesman said.

    Police sources have confirmed the arrests of talent show host Kelly, 52, and former Bay City Rollers manager Paton.

    “Two men have been arrested this evening by Surrey Police in a coordinated operation in connection with historic allegations of sexual abuse against boys under the age of 16,” a spokesman for the southern English force said.

    “A 52-year-old man from Chiswick, London, was arrested in Birmingham. A man in his late 50s was arrested at his home address in Edinburgh.”

    Kelly, a married father-of-two, was arrested in Birmingham after appearing as Captain Hook in a theatre production of Peter Pan.

    He and Paton were being held overnight at separate police stations and were to face questioning later, police said.

    Kelly is best known for hosting the popular talent show Stars in Their Eyes, in which members of the public imitate their favourite singers.

    Paton led Scottish band the Bay City Rollers to huge success on both sides of the Atlantic during the 1970s.

    The Bay City Rollers formed in 1970 and lasted eight years, during which time they enjoyed number one hits in Britain and America, including Bye Bye Baby, Give a Little Love, and Saturday Night.

    Selling 70 million records, the group attracted an enormous worldwide following, mostly young teenage girls.

    The group’s drummer Derek Longmuir was sentenced to 300 hours community service in 2000 for possessing photographs, videos and computer disks containing child pornography.

    The following year British singer, record producer and broadcaster Jonathan King, who helped steer the Rollers in their early years, was sentenced to seven years in jail for sex attacks on five boys.

    Last month, another British ’70s pop star, Gary Glitter, who was jailed for four months after pleading guilty to child pornography charges, was deported from Cambodia where his presence had caused an uproar.

    His current whereabouts are unknown.

    AFP
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    http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/01/23/1042911495453.html
    Sydney Morning Herald – January 24 2003
    British record producer arrested in child sex abuse inquiry

    [A week later Paton and Kelly arrests, along with Steven Jolly, are placed under Operation Arundel]

    One of Britain’s leading 1980’s record producers, Steven Jolley, was arrested yesterday by police investigating allegations of sex abuse against young boys.

    His arrest follows the detention last week, in the course of the same inquiry, of the former manager of the Bay City Rollers pop group, Tam Paton, and British TV talent show host Matthew Kelly.

    “Following two arrests last Wednesday in connection with historic allegations of sexual abuse against boys under the age of 16-years-old, a 52-year-old man … was arrested and interviewed,” police said.

    Jolley wrote and produced 1980’s chart hits for bands including Spandau Ballet, Bananarama and Kim Wilde.

    His arrest follows the search last Wednesday of two addresses in Barnet and in Brentwood, east of London, police said.

    Jolley was bailed until March 12 when he is due to appear with Kelly – host of Stars in their eyes – and Paton at Staines police station, west of the capital.

    Kelly, 52, and Paton, 64, were questioned by detectives over allegations understood to have surfaced in connection with Operation Arundel, the inquiry which jailed pop mogul Jonathan King to seven years in 2001.

    Officers added that the three arrests were not connected to Operation Ore, a major probe into internet child pornography in which Pete Townshend, leader of the 1970’s rock group The Who, was ensnared on January 13.

    Townshend acknowledged that he used a credit card to look at a website offering child pornography, but insisted he did so for research purposes. He is free on police bail, but has not been charged.

    Scottish band the Bay City Rollers was formed in 1970 and lasted eight years.

    The group enjoyed a string of number one hits in Britain and America including Bye Bye Baby, Give a Little Love and Saturday Night.

    AFP
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