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Author denies book is obscene

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Colorado man who wrote a how-to guide for pedophiles said Tuesday that his book is not obscene.

Phillip Greaves, 47, of Pueblo, Colo., arrived at the Polk County jail in central Florida on Tuesday morning and is due in court Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

He was arrested Monday in Colorado and charged with violating Florida’s obscenity law, a third-degree felony. If convicted, he faces a maximum of five years in state prison.

Speaking to reporters outside the jail Tuesday, Greaves denied the book is obscene and said he plans to fight the charge.

“I characterize it as a book of showing people who have been improperly represented,” he said. “And also telling people how they can go about to improve their own lives and so that these people that are being incarcerated now can possibly be rehabilitated.”

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd claims jurisdiction because Greaves sold and mailed the book to undercover deputies who had written him requesting a copy.

Florida’s obscenity law prohibits the “distribution of obscene material depicting minors engaged in conduct harmful to minors.”

The book was briefly for sale on Amazon.com but was yanked in November after it prompted online outrage.

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