‘Pedophile’s Guide’ Author Arrested on Obscenity Charges

Dec 20, 2010 2:00 PM PST
BARTOW, Fla. — Author Philip Greaves, who wrote "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure," has been charged with distribution of obscene material depicting minors engaged in conduct harmful to minors.

The arrest, made Monday, was conducted by police in Pueblo, Colo., who acted on a Florida warrant for Greaves, who wrote a book called "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure," a how-to guide advocating pedophilia and offering training in how to do it.

The book contains two stories depicting an adult engaged in sex acts with children, according to the authorities, specifically an adult having sex with a 9-year-old boy and with a 13-year-old boy.

Police purchased the book, which was autographed by Greaves, for $50. Prosecutors took the book to Polk County Judge J. Michael McCarthy, who found probable cause Greaves had distributed obscene material depicting minors. McCarthy then issued a warrant for Greaves' arrest.

Last month, Greaves got his book pulled by Amazon, which said in a statement that the book crossed a bright line.

Before pulling the e-book, Amazon said in a statement, "Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable. Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions."

A couple of days after the e-book hit the Kindle store, thousands of of Amazon customers wrote angry reviews saying they wouldn’t buy anything from the online retailer until the book was removed.

Adult entertainment attorney Larry Walters said the announcement by Polk County authorities amounted to nothing less than grandstanding.

"Listen, the book may be terrible, or offensive or vile ... but the 1st Amendment protects offensive and indecent speech," Walters said. "What impact did Mr. Greaves’ book really have in Polk County, Fla.? Did anyone in that county even read the book before it was ordered by law enforcement?"

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