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Author gets probation in Polk obscenity case

| April 6, 2011 at 08:50 am

BARTOW – The author of a book about pedophilia pleaded no contest today to distributing obscene material.

Phillip Ray Greaves II was sentenced to time served – about 3 1/2 months – and two years of probation. He was adjudicated guilty, meaning he will lose his right to vote or carry a firearm.

“I just wanted to get out of here as quickly as possible,” the Colorado man said after being released from the Polk County Jail.

He said he was going to celebrate his freedom with a pizza and a Dr. Pepper.

Greaves will serve his probation in Colorado and must continue mental health counseling there. He also must pay more than $2,100 in investigative costs, court fees and other fines, Polk County sheriff’s spokeswoman Donna Wood said.

Polk detectives arrested Greaves at his Pueblo, Colo., home in December on a third-degree felony charge of distribution of obscene material depicting minors engaged in conduct harmful to minors.

Greaves’ book, “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct,” triggered national outrage when it was offered for sale on Amazon.com. The self-published book offers advice to pedophiles on how to make sexual encounters with a child as safe as possible.

The online store eventually removed the book.

Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said Greaves violated Florida’s obscenity laws when he sold undercover detectives a signed copy of the book for $50 and mailed it to them in Lakeland.

“He talked about grooming and preparing a child for sex,” Judd said in December.

Greaves, who had no prior criminal record, had vowed to fight the charge.

Some in the legal community had decried his arrest as a waste of law enforcement resources and a violation of his First Amendment rights.

In a product description, Greaves framed the book as an attempt “to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certain rules for these adults to follow.”

Outside the jail, Greaves said he is misunderstood and that his book teaches how to overcome pedophilia.

“I may write a similar book,” he said. “But I’ll make sure there’s absolutely nothing in it that can be construed as obscene.”

Source: TBO

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