The author of The Pedophile's Guide To Love And Pleasure has been arrested on obscenity charges. But it's not clear if there's a strong legal case against him.
Greaves was arrested in Colorado, where he lives, but the warrant was issued in Florida, out of Polk County, after a sting operation that involved undercover officers ordering a copy of the self-published book and having it mailed to them.
"He very proudly sold us his personal copy," Polk Country Sheriff Grady Judd told the Associated Press. "I was outraged by the content. It was clearly a manifesto on how to sexually batter children ... You just can't believe how absolutely disgusting it was."
For the case to proceed, Greaves would have to be extradited to Florida. A First Amendment lawyer who does not represent Greaves told the AP, "The main question is whether what he's accused of in Florida would be a crime in Colorado. Obviously, it's not a crime in Colorado because he hasn't been arrested here."
Judd was previously known for arresting an Internet pornographer who also posted graphic war photos sent in by Iraqi GI. Judd denied at the time that it was politically motivated, and said after the incident was written up in Rolling Stone, "I could write the inside story on criminals who hide under the cover of free speech."
At the time of the Greaves furor, we argued that Amazon, as a private entity, had a right not to sell the book as it saw fit. Shortly afterwards, Colorado police investigated Greaves, as well they should have, and apparently didn't find any reason to charge him. As heinous as his book is, he has no criminal record and has not been found to have harmed any children. (His book hasn't been considered child pornography because it does not include images of children being abused.) For Judd to appear out of nowhere to try to get Greaves behind bars sounds a lot more like grandstanding for its own sake, at the expense of Greaves' First Amendment rights.