Remember Phillip Greaves? He’s the one who virtually single-handedly set the internet afire in the beginning of November when the world caught wind of his ire-inducing manual: The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover’s Code of Conduct. “Virtually single-handedly” because he wasn’t alone. Amazon played a big role, too. Without them, Greaves wouldn’t have ever had a platform for his controversial work.
Turns out he’s in the news again. Only this time, it’s for getting arrested, and his book played a key part.
Surely you haven’t forgotten about him, even if Amazon is still trying their best to do just that. After all, they suffered a PR nightmare thanks to their insistence on carrying the title. Sierra first wrote about Phillip Greaves‘ book in November. In her post, she cut and paste some verbiage from Amazon’s site that Greaves used to describe his work:
This is my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certian rules for these adults to follow. I hope to achieve this by appealing to the better nature of pedosexuals, with hope that their doing so will result in less hatred and perhaps liter sentences should they ever be caught.
“I find the very idea of The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover’s Code of Conduct repulsive and morally reprehensible,” she writes. “I’m sickened by the fact that it exists. And yet, I defend Amazon’s right to sell it.”
Even though many, like Paula, defended Amazon’s initial decision, the company eventually relented thanks to an avalanche of negative press. They finally pulled the pedophile’s guide for good. But now it’s Greaves who’s being pulled. To jail.
According to a story published today by the Associate Press, Polk County, Florida officials have arrested Phillip Ray Greaves II in his Pueblo, CO home early Monday on a Florida warrant. Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said that his officers were able to arrest the author on obscenity charges because Greaves had sold and mailed his book to them in Florida. He was kind enough to sign it for them.
While I personally found Greaves’ work deplorable, and while I’m glad that he’s in trouble, there is one thing about the story I regret.
The fact that they had to buy a book to arrest him.