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Monday
Dec202010

Author of 'Pedophile's Guide' Arrested on Obscenity Charges

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- The Colorado man who sparked a firestorm of controversy with his self-published "pedophile's guide" on Amazon.com has been arrested on obscenity charges.

Officials with the Polk County, Florida Sheriff's Office said Monday that they worked with law enforcement in Pueblo, Colo. to arrest Philip R. Greaves II, 47, author of the electronic book, The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover's Code of Conduct. The book, which went on sale in late October, ignited intense online protests and was ultimately pulled by Amazon in November.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said his office obtained a warrant for Greaves' arrest after the author mailed a signed copy of the book to undercover detectives, giving them jurisdiction. Greaves has been charged with distribution of obscene material depicting minors engaged in conduct harmful to minors.

Greaves' book first set off controversy when it surfaced on Amazon in late October. After customers, parents and others complained online and threatened to boycott the company, the book was removed from the online retailer's website.

While the book was written from the perspective of an adult, he emphasized that he was not speaking from personal experience as a pedophile.

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