When “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure” showed up for sale on Amazon.com in November, there was a flood of disgust and anger across the country. Facing threats of a boycott, the online retail giant dropped it. But the Sheriff of Polk County Florida did not. Sheriff Grady Judd used Florida’s obscenity law to get a warrant for author Phillip Greaves and charge him with a felony, even though Greaves lives 1,800 miles away in Pueblo, Colorado. Judd says Florida has an unusually detailed law that prohibits selling, giving or transmitting child pornography.
A book that gives explicit advice to pedophiles on encounters with children is no longer being sold by Amazon.com, the giant online book store. The bizarre pubication made headlines Wednesday as an e-book for Kindle owners. Public outrage slammed into a debate about censorship and free speech rights. Some experts on child pornography declared the book repugnant, but not obscene because there are no illustrations or photos. The self-published author of the pedophile guide told TheSmokingGun.com he sold only one copy. But CBS News reports more than 3,000 copies were sold in the last two weeks. Author Phillip Greaves claims he is not a pedophile, but says he learned about sex at the age of seven from a girl who was ten. He admits he had sexual encounters with other younger children until he was 15, when his father found out and “put the fear of God in me to stop.”
Tomorrowsbook.com points out that Amazon is reeling from the controversy, especially after first defending its position, then quietly deleting the book this morning. Hundreds of customers have posted comments on Facebook and the company website, some pledging to boycott Amazon.