But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Last month, Colorado resident Phillip Greaves published a book through Amazon.com titled, The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover’s Code of Conduct. Threats to boycott Amazon eventually led to them yanking the book, though they initially cited the First Amendment as their defense for publishing it in the first place.
This last week, he was arrested for violating Florida’s obscenity laws. He sold the book to some detectives in Polk County, Florida through the mail.
You catch that? Police in a different state, across the country, took it upon themselves to catch this guy. Perhaps he hasn’t been arrested on the heaviest of counts, but it was something. And it may not stick – who knows. I was just glad law enforcement somewhere was taking a visible stand.
Now, perhaps Greaves’ own local authorities are watching him very carefully for any other crimes he may commit, because he’s clearly a pedophile, but the book is a crime in and of itself.
I spent a while googling until I found a contact address for the Polk County Sheriff’s office, and sent this email, with the subject line “Thanks Sheriff Judd!”:
I’m so grateful you and your team have arrested the pedophilia author. Thank you for reaching out across state borders to do what his home state should’ve done.
Today I got the following from Sheriff Judd:
My communications staff forwarded me your email. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to forward me your thoughts. I appreciate your support more than you know. Nothing is more precious than our children – keeping them safe is my top priority.
The man’s a class act. Thanks, Sheriff.