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IMO this has more to do with police-state fear-ism than any real criminal issue.
Face it, being a rock star has certain perks. Does it ever!!
It's considered to be one of the "perks" of being rich and famous.
Again not to legitimize these guys, but I think they would do better focusing on the pre-pubescent kiddy fiddlers.
Personally, I think it stinks
I mean, yeh, Jimmy Savile, fair enough.
They had to make a big thing out of that...because it was a big thing.
But this is getting boring.
A never-ending chain reaction of contemptuous, paranoid, Victorian English prudishness.
The most prudish nation on the planet that yet somehow manages also to be a nation of colossal perverts.
We live in an age in which an 18yr old is arrested for having sex with his 16yr old girlfriend,....
.....and when a 15yr old girl has to register as a sex offender for 'sexting' a topless photo of herself to her boyfriend.
I just think it's an overreaction.
It's mob mentality combined with prudery and a hypocritical holier-than-thou attitude.
And frankly, I can think of worse crimes,...
a pubescent girl who hasn't even finished developing breasts yet and most likely hasn't gotten her periods yet either
Afterall, these "horny" tweens are throwing themselves at these guys anyways, right ?
Thus making it all perfectly okey dokey.
And besides, our justice system can only handle one crime at a time therefore we should only be concentrating on chasing after the "real" pedophiles
I do think that if any grown man takes advantage of his age, experience, wealth, celebrity or position to knowingly shag a 13 or 14 year old he should go to jail for a very long time.
do we cease pursuing burglars and petty thieves because there are terrorists and serial killers in our midst?
Why if it's consensual?
I don't understand where this draconian attitude comes from as soon as sex rears its ugly head.
We all have sex! (Well, in my case, I have fond memories...)
Is a person under the legal age of consent unable to give consent? Of course not!
If a minor (under 16) chooses to have sex that's their business, as is their choice and age of partner.
Each case has to be examined on its own merits....
I find this whole "paedo" thing, and "lock him up and throw the key away" automatic response to be irrational and scary.
....But I find that certain crimes are pursued while others are ignored.
Anything to do with sex will be assiduously pursued, you can rely on that.
Hence my point about prudery.
On 5 February 2015 Harper was unanimously acquitted by a jury of indecently assaulting a 16 year old girl in 1980. The following day (6 February 2015), Harper was cleared of a second charge of indecent assault, and the jury at Worcester Crown Court was discharged after failing to reach verdicts on the remaining charges.