Phillip Ray Greaves II, the man who wrote and self-published on Amazon a book called The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover’s Code of Conduct, was arrested this week on a warrant for obscenity charges issued by Polk County, Florida. Although Greaves was arrested in his Pueblo, Colorado home, the charges stem from his selling his book to a Polk County sheriff, and mailing the book from Colorado to the sheriff in Florida. Amazon removed the Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure from the site last month.
Florida’s obscenity law criminalizes “distribution of obscene material depicting minors engaged in conduct harmful to minors.”
Greaves is charged with a third-degree felony offense, and faces a maximum of 5 years in jail.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said of the book that it was a “pedophile manifesto”, that counsels people on how to get away with pedophilia. It advises people that they should only use their first names, and only engage in “short-term relationships” to avoid detection. It also says that actual intercourse should be reserved for children aged 16 or above.
“The book also defends, advocates, and trains adults regarding illegal sex acts between adults and children,” said a statement from the Polk County Sheriff’s office.
There is disagreement in the legal community as to whether the charges will stick. While Greaves’ defense will likely rest on the First Amendment right to freedom of speech, free speech protections are not as strong for so-called commercial speech, which that contained in a book for sale may be considered.
On the other hand, most child pornography laws require that there be images, and there are no images in Greaves’ book.
Assistant Public Defender Francis Solorzano, who is assigned to Greaves’ case, said that “What we’re dealing here is mere words. There are no images in the book.”
For his part, Greaves maintains that those words are just his fantasies, telling reporters that he “only has sex with grown-ups.”
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