Amazon.com has pulled a controversial pedophile book from virtual shelves. Police have begun an investigation on the author due to the content of the book.
Police are aware of at least one threat against Phillip R. Greaves II that was posted on-line after the story about his book aired Wednesday. There have been reports that police have been monitoring his house, but Pueblo police have said that is not true; they are treating him like any other person. Daniel Anderson, a detective with the Pueblo police, said that just like anybody else, if he has a problem, he can call 911.
The book, called “The Pedophile’s Guide To Love And Pleasure”, drew national attention-- and outrage.
It was being sold on Amazon. Amazon bowed to the pressure by people pushing for a boycott for distributing it.
The book had more than 2,000 “reviews,” virtually all of them negative.
There was also a Facebook page: “Boycott Amazon.com for Selling How-To Guide for Pedophile." More than 2,200 people say they like that idea.
Amazon initially defended its sale of the book because it “believes it is censorship not to sell certain titles because we believe their message is objectionable.”
11 News caught up with Greaves at his Pueblo home. He says the response to his book is a "knee-jerk reaction" to its title by people who have not read it. But also says he’s learned controversy sells books: prior to Wednesday, he’d sold one copy. After the story hit national news, CBS News reported he sold more than 3,000.
Greaves said he’s not a pedophile, and “The word ‘pedophile,’ I believe, means somebody who loves children, OK? And you’re not somebody who loves children if you’re raping and murdering and killing them.” He also says “Anything such as kissing, fondling, that sort of thing I don’t think is that serious of a problem.”
Greaves is not a registered sex offender and does not have a criminal record.
Many people would find some of his comments to 11 News very offensive.
We’re not airing that interview on our newscasts, but we are making excerpts available here if you are interested in viewing them.
Police and child safety experts say books and information like what Greaves published on Amazon have been available for years, and it's up to parents to help stay aware of their children's safety.
Jan Isaacs Henry, of KidPower in Colorado Springs, says stories like these are a good time to give parents ideas for ways to help teach their kids "People Safety."
"I think what parents need to do is talk to their kids about this topic in a way that isn't scary or explicit," said Isaacs Henry. She added that kids should be told that touch, problems and presents should never be secrets.
Tune in to 11 News This Morning on Friday for a live interview with Isaacs Henry, where she'll discuss more ways that parents, teachers and other adults in the community can help protect and empower children.