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Old 11-14-2017, 06:05 PM
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http://musicfeeds.com.au/news/stevie...K9PemPRV3V3.01

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STEVIE NICKS GUITARIST WADDY WACHTEL ALLOWED INTO AUSTRALIA DESPITE CHILD PORN CHARGES
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Written by Tom Williams on November 14, 2017
Concerns have been raised after Robert ‘Waddy’ Wachtel — a guitarist for Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks — was allowed to enter Australia despite historic child pornography charges.

Wachtel, who was arrested in 1998 on suspicion of possession of child pornography and was placed on probation for three years after pleading no contest to the charges, entered Australia earlier this month ahead of a nation-wide tour with Nicks and the rest of her band.

Wachtel has toured Australia multiple times since 1998, and has never been denied a visa.

Since he returned to Australia earlier this month, there’s been some concern from fans online, including some criticism of Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.


In a statement to Music Feeds, the Department Of Immigration & Border Protection said it wouldn’t comment on Wachtel’s case, but stated that it “takes very seriously its responsibility to protect the community from the risk of harm posed by non-citizens who engage criminal conduct or behaviour of concern”.

“There are strong provisions under the [Migration] Act to refuse or cancel a visa where a person is found not to be of good character,” the statement reads.

“Each case is assessed rigorously by the Department on its own merits.”

Wachtel was also allowed to enter New Zealand recently, with Immigration New Zealand telling Newshub that his visa was approved after they “took into the account the short duration of his stay in New Zealand and that he had been forthright in his convictions”.

Wachtel has already played a handful of Australian shows with Stevie Nicks this month, with two dates remaining in Melbourne and the Yarra Valley.


Read more at http://musicfeeds.com.au/news/stevie...kY45rKxjZOD.99
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:29 PM
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What is this doing in the Mac forum You litterbug!

I posted a message in the Stevie forum on this and I will repeat it here. Even in 1998 the state and federal statutes for possession of child pornography were/are very harsh. I have never heard of a charge "suspicion of child pornography." Possession of child pornography (even one image) carries a very stiff penalty. Possession is like being pregnant...either you are or aren't in possession. This must have been a very weak case to offer probation in exchange for a no contest plea. There must be some state statute for "suspicion" to warrant the conviction. In any event, this is probably why Waddy was not on the Enchanted tour.
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What is this doing in the Mac forum You litterbug!
This ain't Seven Dunders...


I LIKE that this isn't a ~worship only~ board. Warts and all, there they are!
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I LIKE that this isn't a ~worship only~ board. Warts and all, there they are!
Some folks have already known about this. It's in the news whether we like it nor not.
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Old 11-15-2017, 08:26 AM
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More "litter" here:

http://www.eonline.com/news/36692/ro...e-porn-charges

http://www.mtv.com/news/400485/guita...d-pornography/

https://startsat60.com/entertainment...d-porn-history

Outrage over Stevie Nicks' guitarist with child porn history
STARTS AT 60 WRITERS NOVEMBER 14, 2017 NEWS

Stevie Nicks and Waddy are currently touring Australia and New Zealand. Source: Getty

She’s often been referred to as one of the most controversial rockers of her time but it’s Stevie Nicks’ choice of guitarist that is causing raised eyebrows this time.

The 69-year-old singer is currently in Australia with her 24 Karat Gold tour but fans are outraged that she’s chosen Robert ‘Waddy”’ Wachtel as a guitarist because he’s previously been charged with possessing child pornography.

There are calls for Nicks to reconsider using Wachtel for the rest of her Aussie tour, with many asking why he was allowed to enter the country in the first place.

The charges were laid in 1998, after the then-52-year-old was arrested at his Los Angeles home, along with his wife.

Read more: Stevie Nicks reveals why she was almost banned from Australia forever

MTV reports that inappropriate material found on a computer Wachtel had taken in for repair. Printed copies of some of the pornographic images were also discovered in his home, leading to Wachtel being charged with both possession and duplication of child porn.

The rocker eventually pleaded no contest to the charges. Pleading no contest basically means that a defendant doesn’t admit or dispute the charges against them, but accepts the punishment handed down to them.

Now 70, the famous guitarist was placed on probation for three years following his charges and was freely allowed to enter Australia earlier this month for the tour.

According to the Los Angeles Times, he was also forced to make a $2,500 donation to the Children of the Night charity at the time and underwent six months’ counselling as a result of the incident.

Along with Nicks and the rest of the band, Wachtel has already played a string of shows across Australia and New Zealand.

But fans were questioning why Aussie officials let Wachtel enter the country, given the nature of his charges.

One person on Twitter : “Stevie Nicks was amazing last night at Hunter Valley. But how was lead guitarist Waddy Wachtel, convicted 1998 of possessing child porn, allowed in the country?”

Another comment read: “Deport him now.”

A third person added: “He’s been in the country many times since 1998.”

Speaking to Music Feeds, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection said it couldn’t comment on individual cases but that it assesses all people before they enter the country.

“There are strong provisions under the Act to refuse or cancel a visa when a person is found not to be of good character,” the department reportedly said. “Each case is assessed rigorously by the Department on its own merits.”

The news comes after Nicks herself recently revealed that she was nearly banned from entering Australia in 1986 for breaching her tourist visa conditions.

Was Border Protection right in letting Waddy Wachtel enter the country?
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