Human EventsJohn Hayward
You may recall the ruckus from a few months ago, when Amazon.com came under fire for selling a self-published book called The Pedophileâ€™s Guide To Love And Pleasure: A Child-Loverâ€™s Code of Conduct. Amazon eventually gave in to public outrage and pulled the book, but author Philip Greaves continued his efforts to sell it, and now they have brought him afoul of Floridaâ€™s obscenity laws.
Greaves was arrested at his Pueblo, Colorado, home today after selling a signed copy of his book by mail order to undercover detectives in Polk County, Florida. I wonder if he added a personalized inscription. I can hardly imagine what it might have said.
Polk County sheriff Grady Judd seemed numb with horror in a CNN interview, as he cited Florida obscenity law: â€œYou cannot engage or depict children in a harmful relationship.â€ It turns out that Greavesâ€™ book does both â€“ it includes illustrations. â€œHe actually provided a how-to guide to commit sexual battery against children,â€ Judd continued. â€œThere may be nothing the other 49 states can do, but thereâ€™s something Florida can do to make sure we prosecute Philip Greaves for this manifestoâ€¦ The message is very clear: If you write a book, if you sell that book, if you transmit that book to anyone in our jurisdiction, then we will investigate you and arrest, because our goal is protect the children.â€
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