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December 20th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Pedophilia Advocate Under Arrest: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight, the author who advocates pedophilia is in jail. Philip Greaves, arrested at his home, today, in Pueblo Colorado. Deputies from Polk County Florida crossing the country to bust him. The charge, obscenity, after they say he sold them a copy, purportedly his last copy, an autographed copy, of his book, "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-lover's Code of Conduct." We'll bring you all the details & tonight's headlines.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)


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soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. Nina

    I would like to see Amazon taking some responsibility for selling this book!

    December 20, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  2. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I am very angry with Humane Society President Wayne Pacelle for saying that he thinks Michael Vick should have a puppy.

    I will not be renewing my membership to the Humane Society because of Pacelle's position on this. As head of the HSUS he should be putting the welfare of the animals before that of a convicted criminal like Vick.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  3. Sue R. Canton MI.

    I read the CNN article on the safety of the tap water. I read the 31 cities involved and I live less than a mile from one of them. We definitly need more research done to see how safe our water really is. Also could it have anything to do with the increase in cancer in and near many of these cities.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  4. Nina

    Unbelievable that Chromium 6 is still in our drinking water supply after a court battle over a decade ago!

    December 20, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Wow!!!!!!! I am shocked Toyota fined million dollars, OUCH!

    December 20, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  6. Emily

    Carcinogen in tap water?
    How is that possible? Does it have something to do with the pipes or is it added to the water?

    December 20, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  7. James

    Although his actions are deplorable, I'm not sure this is how he should be arrested... Do we really want Florida requesting information from Colorado that breaks a law in Florida... To arrest someone who lives in Colorado?? I do not want Montana to issue me a speeding ticket in Virginia... Getting slippery on this slope...
    James

    December 20, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  8. Emily

    @starr,
    "In the meantime, boycotting Amazon is the best we can do."
    That seems like a good idea! After all, Amazon did say that they don't allow such materials on their site, however, that clearly is not true! (even to this day, after AC360° first broke this story)

    December 20, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  9. Sandra Brown

    Bravo for the police dept from Florida these people need to be stopped. The damage that is caused by these kinds of people(pedophiles) is catastrophic. I am a survivor of this kind of abuse and at 52 yrs of age still deal with the after affects of it(the abuse started at the age of 4 yrs)We need to take a stand on issues like this and protect our children. I will start by not buying ANYTHING from Amazon. I don't believe that the 1st ammendment was created with the purpose of being able to publish something with evil intent.Shame on Amazon for distributing this kind of material!

    December 20, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  10. Nina

    @Starr, formerly known as vincent
    I would like to see Amazon taking some responsibility for selling this book!

    December 20, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  11. Yusuf "Andrew" Akyol

    @Nina exactly my point-These are children we are talking about and it is our duty as parents, guardians, and leaders to protect them; his book certainly conveys and quite possible convinces those that have desires or fantasies to act. Let me ask this, "Are there more laws protecting the rights of the adults vs. those of children?"

    December 20, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  12. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Jo Ann, Ohio
    I think people are jumping the gun here. Let's wait and see what happens next year before labeling obama the "comeback kid".

    Jo Ann
    I agree second!

    December 20, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  13. Emily

    @Dave
    "This man seriously got some issues. Filthy Dirty Minds."
    And the 300 others that ordered that book!
    I wonder if there's a list that has been kept of who they are?

    December 20, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  14. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I totally agree with Paul B. on the 911 medical bill!
    It seems that some adjustments have been made to that bill and it might be represented and voted on.
    I'm glad that Pres. Obama is finally being recognized for the many "promises" he has been able to deliver, as well getting some credit too.
    I don't know how much Harry Reid has to do with all of the accomplishment, i'm not a fan of his.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  15. Barbara

    Not having read the book, it is impossible to say whether I think it could incite others to commit crimes. However, would we arrest someone who wrote about rape of adults, murder, robbery, or substance abuse? Photographing or recording an actual act of abuse is obviously a crime, and if it can be proved that he has molested any child he should be in jail. However, where is the proof that he has injured an actual child? I do agree that Amazon should not sell the book because it is offensive, which is different from illegal.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  16. Mike Grissom

    Let me get this straight a person wrote something that may or may not have been gleaned from truth? Someone decided that they did not like what was written and that what was written "may" cause harm to a person.

    Where do we stop? I believe that the bible has caused more harm than every pedo that has existed and yes to children including the pedos that wave that book at you (see catholic priests). So lets arrest everyone who has this book so that it can be stopped.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  17. Sandy

    Glad to have someone speaking for the children. We don't need to have more men thinking that they can do anything sexual to a child, then think it's harmless. This book is telling a pervert he's "ok", keep up the good work.I like a new sheriff in town!

    December 20, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  18. Nina

    @Emily
    You are correct, The Officer did not seem to have much clarity

    December 20, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  19. Bryan

    "Comeback"? Don't you have to *go away* first?

    December 20, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  20. Patricia

    Yes the first amendment does give us free speech; censorship is not an option. However with the freedom of free speech comes the responsibility/accountability factor. Printed material, words invoke visual images; images give way to possibility; which gives way to action, voluntary and involuntary. No we cannot censor thoughts or speech but we can curtail depravity in thought. Whatsoever one thinks on so he becomes in his heart.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  21. Avram Grossman

    We are after all a nation of laws and yes the First Amendment does protect the written word. While I believe the author of such material should be strung up by his gonads, it is even more scary of a situation when the Police say what is law. By taking the law into their own hands, so to speak, are acting like their own sanctioned vigilante lynch mob. That is what the lawyers are for – to determine what is legally/constitutionally right.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  22. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I think Krauthammer is premature labeling Obama the "comeback kid".

    December 20, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  23. Sue R. Canton MI.

    I hope President Obama has his mojo back. I think he has a lot on his plate and I hope he doesn't cave in with the New Year and new Congress upon us. DADT was a huge victory.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  24. Emily

    @Jo Ann, Ohio
    "Let's wait and see what happens next year before labeling obama the "comeback kid""
    I agree with that.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  25. Jerry

    There is no doubt that the author of this book is a sick man. However, it is completely ridiculous for the state of Florida to impose it's state laws in Colorado. We really need to think about the long term ramifications of up holding judicial behavior of this type. Is Florida going to ask Interpol to extradite people across the globe who violate Florida's state statuettes? I would think not.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  26. John

    I'm shocked, he actually thought he could get by with this.. This guy makes me sick.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  27. Molly

    Why attack Amazon? It's very likely that a computer allowed the sale of this self-published book. When alerted, Amazon de-listed it. That's fair enough. If you feel otherwise, boycott the bars where DUIs begin!

    December 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  28. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Emily, i think if the author of this offensive book is found guilty, Amazon may have some difficulty re: publishing and distributing the book.
    In the meantime, boycotting Amazon is the best we can do.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  29. Nina

    Mid term elections typically bring out the more conservative group. I am sure the 2012 election will be quite different.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  30. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I can't believe I am agreeing with Begala. Let's see what happens with jobs first.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  31. Sharon Hastings

    President Obama is the SAME man who campaigned so forcefully and eloquently, who got elected by this country to be President, and who has done a good job under the most severe circumstances imaginable with little help from Congress. If some want to say he suddenly is wonderful, okay by me.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  32. Camille Olivere

    I have never been so compelled to get up from my comfortable chair watching your show and make a post -"Kiddy porn"? The smirk on his face makes me wonder about him. Thank you AC and the 360 staff for getting this awful material off Amazon. Keep keeping them honest! I applaud the Florida team for their tenacity to get this man incarcerated even if it is temporary. This is what we need! Passionate people who leverage law for the real good!!!

    December 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  33. RobN66

    @ STAR

    I know there is not treatment, and I fully understand what you are saying. But, I really don't think that he should have been arrested when the State of FL is the one's that contacted him, in a different state. Then they bring charges on him, for sending it. They should all be charged for buying it.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  34. Caleigh Bourgeois

    But I for one will have to reevaluate my loyalty to amazon after discovering they profit from this trash.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  35. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I know what president Obama made promised help us together like DADT, jobs, Economy, and healthcare......... I am surprised that poll says 40 percent going up.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  36. Emily

    @Nina,
    I agree that people who write about what has happened to them, is much different than a "How-To" book. The Officer that was on the panel with Jeff Toobin seemed to say that it wasn't.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  37. Les'

    There was a case in Florida regarding a man who applied to be a police officer, and stated on the application about previous behavior that he had peeked at a boys genitals, and later was arrested for that application admission.

    If that writing is unlawful, why did Greaves not become arrested after reading in his book that he has had pedophilic behavior?

    December 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  38. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I think people are jumping the gun here. Let's wait and see what happens next year before labeling obama the "comeback kid".

    December 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  39. Nina

    @Yusuf "Andrew" Akyol
    "My concern isnt so much him (hes in jail and has a spotlight upon him), but who are the people that have purchased his book?......" I agree and pretty scary

    December 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  40. Lori

    He has had a tough job!

    December 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  41. Lela Lombardo

    I salute the Polk County Sheriff's office!!!
    And at the same time it is beyond alarming that there is even a question on whether this 'how to' book on pedophilia is against the law.

    I am as 'free speech' as they come, but let's not disguise the trivialization of any form of abuse and violence as free speech. We have to wake up and I sincerely hope that this case will awaken the American people to come together to change the laws if necessary.
    Enough already! I hear CNN commentators referring to the book as 'offensive'. This is not merely offensive; it is criminal!

    December 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  42. Rex

    I hate the book the pedifile wrote and believe it is disgusting!
    However, You give Florida the ability to prosecute people for what they write.. It won't stop with that, it will grow to include anything and everythng that someone else things is repugnant.
    Think about it, this Sharrif from Florida reached to another state to do this.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  43. Susan

    Hi all, don't people these days know the difference between right and wrong? Supposedly, the first amendment-Freedom of Speech, protects anyone from saying anything, however, I do believe that just because we have freedom of speech doesn't give us the right to display obscene and horrific images to the public.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  44. Caleigh Bourgeois

    This rather disturbing story interests me as a journalism student, as ethical questioning of first amendment rights in general serve as a backbone for the journalism practice.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  45. Cory

    Were any of the 300 copies sold by Amazon delivered to Florida? If so, will the state be pursuing charges against Amazon & its officers?

    December 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  46. robert

    this man is sick and the actions on the book need to be investigated , however this seems like a set up. and there is freedom of speech right?
    or is it true that they call it the american dream cause you have to be a sleep to believe it.

    Whats next? cant write about slavery? witchcraft?
    and whats the charge?

    December 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  47. Sharon Hastings

    @Emily: My guess would be that they are describing something that happened to them, not promoting or giving instruction on how to be an abuser. Regardless of what happens to Mr. Greaves, I'm glad there is a forum where people can speak out and say "this isn't acceptable, isn't normal, and it IS harmful"

    December 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  48. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    A book titled "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-lover's Code of Conduct." and the other titles that Dr. Gupta said he saw today, sure sound awful. I don't understand how Amazon could distribute those materials, even if people are paying for them.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  49. Amy Schmidt

    By allowing this type of abuse to not only be published but recognized as an actual book we not only encourage pedophiles and make them believe they have rights but, we take the rights of our children away

    December 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  50. Dave

    This man seriously got some issues. Filthy Dirty Minds.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
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