A man who wrote a how-to guide for paedophiles that sparked online outrage is facing obscenity charges after an undercover police sting.
Officers arrested Phillip Greaves at his home in Pueblo, Colorado, on a warrant that charges him with violating Florida's obscenity law. During a brief court appearance, Greaves waived his right to fight extradition and was transferred to Polk County, Florida.
Polk County sheriff Grady Judd said he claimed jurisdiction because Greaves sold and sent his book directly to undercover deputies, who had written the author a letter requesting a copy. Sheriff Judd said Greaves even signed the book.
"I was outraged by the content," the sheriff, known throughout Florida as a crusader against child predators, said. "It was clearly a manifesto on how to sexually batter children. ... You just can't believe how absolutely disgusting it was."
The self-published book, The Paedophile's Guide To Love And Pleasure: A Child-lover's Code Of Conduct, caused controversy when it appeared on Amazon in November. The book was later removed from the site.
Greaves, who has no criminal record, says in the book that paedophiles are misunderstood, as the word literally means to love a child. He adds it is only a crime to act on sexual impulses towards children and offers advice that purportedly allows paedophiles to abide by the law.
Sheriff Judd said he was incensed when he heard about the book and that no-one had arrested Greaves for selling it. The book, he said, included first-person descriptions of sexual encounters, purportedly written from a child's point of view.
"What's wrong with a society that has gotten to the point that we can't arrest child pornographers and child molesters who write a book about how to rape a child?" said the sheriff.
Florida's obscenity law - a third-degree felony - bans the "distribution of obscene material depicting minors engaged in conduct harmful to minors".
Pueblo County sheriff's spokeswoman Laurie Kilpatrick said Greaves would leave for Polk County later on Tuesday.