Crime

"Pedophile Guide" Author Philip Greaves Arrested for Obscenity

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The author of a controversial pedophile guide that was pulled from Amazon.com last month is under arrest in Colorado -- on charges that were filed in Florida.

Philip Greaves is charged with violating Florida's obscenity laws, even though he doesn't live in the state. Polk County, Florida Sheriff Grady Judd said his office was able to arrest Greaves outside Florida because he sold and mailed his book, "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover's Code of Conduct," directly to undercover Polk deputies. 

Deputies flew from Florida to arrest Greaves at his home in Pueblo, Colorado. He's being held in the county jail there until he can be extradited to Florida.

"If he will waive extradition, it's my goal for him to eat processed turkey on Christmas Day in the Polk County Jail," Judd told the Associated Press.

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However, Denver attorney David Lane, who is not involved with this case but has handled several high-profile First Amendment cases, said Florida could have a hard time extraditing Greaves.

"The main question is whether what he's accused of in Florida would be a crime in Colorado," Lane said. "Obviously, it's not a crime in Colorado because he hasn't been arrested here."

Sheriff Judd, who is known throughout Florida as a crusader against child predators, said he was angered when he heard about the book and that no one had arrested Greaves for selling it. So he took matters into his own hands, buying a book directly from Judd, who sent an autographed copy. 

"He very proudly sold us his personal copy," Judd said. "I was outraged by the content. It was clearly a manifesto on how to sexually batter children ... You just can't believe how absolutely disgusting it was."

Greaves, however, defends his book, saying it explains how pedophiles can "love" children while still abiding by the law. The guide was available on Amazon as an e-book until last month, when public outrage forced it to remove it. But that was clearly not enough for Judd.

"What's wrong with a society that has gotten to the point that we can't arrest child pornographers and child molesters who write a book about how to rape a child?" Judd asked. "If we can get jurisdiction ... we're coming after you. There's nothing in the world more important than our children."