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Old 11-13-2017, 09:29 PM
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Default Stevie Nicks' guitarist Waddy Wachtel allowed into NZ despite child porn conviction

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http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-ze...onviction.html
Questions are being raised after Fleetwood Mac frontwoman Stevie Nicks' guitarist was allowed entry into New Zealand and Australia despite historic child pornography offences.

Robert 'Waddy' Wachtel was arrested in 1998 on suspicion of possession of child pornography. He pleaded no contest to the charges and he was placed on probation for three years.

He is currently touring Australia as the lead guitarist for Ms Nicks' band. As a result, Australia's immigration minister has come under fire to explain why he was granted a visa.

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has defended its decision to allow Wachtel into New Zealand, where he will perform next week.

"Immigration New Zealand (INZ) can confirm that Waddy Wachtel has applied and been approved for a visitor visa to travel to New Zealand," says INZ area manager Marcelle Foley.

"In making this decision, INZ took into the account the short duration of his stay in New Zealand and that he had been forthright in his convictions.

"Taking into account all the circumstances and with a full understanding of the purpose of his visit, a visitor visa was approved."

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Old 11-13-2017, 09:36 PM
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Does anybody know about this???
Is it true??
http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-ze...onviction.html
Questions are being raised after Fleetwood Mac frontwoman Stevie Nicks' guitarist was allowed entry into New Zealand and Australia despite historic child pornography offences.

Robert 'Waddy' Wachtel was arrested in 1998 on suspicion of possession of child pornography. He pleaded no contest to the charges and he was placed on probation for three years.

He is currently touring Australia as the lead guitarist for Ms Nicks' band. As a result, Australia's immigration minister has come under fire to explain why he was granted a visa.

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has defended its decision to allow Wachtel into New Zealand, where he will perform next week.

"Immigration New Zealand (INZ) can confirm that Waddy Wachtel has applied and been approved for a visitor visa to travel to New Zealand," says INZ area manager Marcelle Foley.

"In making this decision, INZ took into the account the short duration of his stay in New Zealand and that he had been forthright in his convictions.

"Taking into account all the circumstances and with a full understanding of the purpose of his visit, a visitor visa was approved."

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Old 11-13-2017, 09:38 PM
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yes, this happened a while back. I believe they searched if not outright seized his computer.
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Old 11-13-2017, 09:47 PM
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Jondalar, I just Found this. Los Angeles Times!
http://articles.latimes.com/1998/oct/16/local/me-33017

Guitarist Gets Probation in Child Pornography
October 16, 1998
Community News File / A summary of developments across
Los Angeles County | Courts and Government
Guitarist Robert "Waddy" Wachtel, who has worked with Linda Ronstadt and Fleetwood Mac, was placed on three years' probation Thursday after pleading no contest to possession of child pornography.

Wachtel was ordered to make a $2,500 donation to Children of the Night, an agency that helps runaways. In addition, he must undergo six months' counseling with a psychologist.

A similar charge against Wachtel's wife, Annie, was dismissed at the request of prosecutors.

The district attorney's office said the illicit material was discovered after Wachtel took his computer to a shop for repairs.
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Old 11-13-2017, 09:49 PM
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I recall it coming up in a Ledge Q&A, here is that link where someone asked Brett

http://www.fleetwoodmac.net/penguin/...tuggle_qa1.htm
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Old 11-13-2017, 09:53 PM
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That's really gross.
Disappointing.
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I wonder why it's an issue now. Hasn't he been there with Stevie a few times since 1998?
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