ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Reuters Life!) - A self-published author who sparked a free speech debate with a book that police say advocates pedophilia was jailed in central Florida on Tuesday following his arrest on obscenity charges, police said.
Phillip Greaves, 47, is the author of “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct. He was arrested at his home in Pueblo, Colorado on Monday on a warrant issued in Florida for distribution of obscene material.
If found guilty, he could face a maximum of five years in prison.
“He (Greaves) created this book specifically to teach people how to sexually molest and rape children,” Polk County, Florida Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference Monday.
When Greaves arrived at the Polk County jail in Bartow, Florida a reporter asked him to comment on Judd’s allegation and he replied: “Wrong”. Greaves said his self-published book was intended to help people improve their lives.
Judd said Greaves mailed a copy of his book to an undercover Polk County deputy for $50, giving the county jurisdiction in the case. Greaves waived extradition proceedings after his arrest and agreed to go to Florida.
The book was being sold on Amazon.com until last month when the company removed it because of objections to its content.
Writing by Robert Green, Editing by Greg McCune