Pedophilia author must stay in jail unless he posts bail

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (BestGrowthStock) – Philip Greaves, the self-published author of a controversial book on pedophilia, must remain in jail unless he can post a $15,000 bail, a Florida judge ruled on Wednesday.

Greaves, 47, wrote “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child Lover’s Code of Conduct”, which sparked an uproar when online book seller Amazon briefly listed it for sale.

He was arrested at his home in Pueblo, Colorado on Monday on a warrant issued in Florida for allegedly violating state obscenity laws. Greaves was brought to Bartow in central Florida on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the Polk County prosecutor’s office said Greaves made his first court appearance before Judge John Kirkland on Wednesday.

Greaves’ public defender lawyer asked that the bail be reduced because Greaves could not afford to pay it, but Kirkland refused to lower the amount. Kirkland said if Greaves does post the bail, he must remain in Florida, not have any conduct with anyone under the age of 18, and not use a computer.

Florida authorities arrested him after Greaves mailed an undercover police officer a copy of his book for $50. Greaves is charged with distribution of obscene material, a third-degree felony which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

(Reporting and Writing by Robert Green, Editing by Greg McCune)

Pedophilia author must stay in jail unless he posts bail